5 Ways To Encourage Burglars To Choose Someone Else’s House
Burglars and thieves are usually inclined to be lazy, and will always look for the easiest way to get what they want. Anytime a “job” gets difficult or looks like it will be a problem, they will always choose a softer, easier target.
By taking some precautions and possibly making some simple adjustments to your existing security, you can effectively encourage potential burglars to look elsewhere.
Here are 5 simple ways to burglar-proof your home.
1. Install A Burglar Alarm
A house alarm security system is the ultimate home protection device, because when it has been activated, the burglars are assured that the cavalry is on its way. Obviously it is better if your alarm system is connected to a reliable house alarm service. Failing that, a “fake” alarm (an alarm system that is not connected to a service company) may still act as an effective deterrent as the noise attracts unwanted attention. If you are not sure on how to proceed, get some advice from your Local Locksmith.
2. Get A Dog
Nothing scares a burglar off like a well trained dog, no matter how small it is. A small dog can make a lot of noise, alerting you that something suspicious is going on and if needs be, a small dog can also deliver a pretty nasty bite. Also, the sound of a barking dog will make any burglar think twice.
There is a recent trend of people buying a house alarm security system that sounds like a barking dog. These alarms can also be effective, however be careful, as a burglar with a serious intent to get into your home, will always wait to see if there really is a dog on your property or in your house. Burglars know all the tricks of the trade too, so you will have to outsmart them.
3. Secure Your Doors
The type and quality of your doors says a lot about the security of your home. Solid wood, wood with metal sheathing or even metal doors are recommended for the exterior of your property. Any time a door looks or feels flimsy and rickety it is a potential entry point for a determined thief.
Make sure that you regularly inspect your outer doors and repair or replace any potential weaknesses. As an added safety precaution include a peephole in all your external doors.
4. Install A Fence With A Gate
A solid fence with a gate that locks is essential to keep thieves out. The fence does not have to be very high, but should look like hard work to any potential trespasser. It is safe to assume that no thief wants to be seen jumping over a fence.
Keeping your gate locked also prevents just anyone from accessing your property.
5. Double-Check Your Locks
Good locks are another obstacle that will make it difficult for burglars to enter your home. You should have solid, sturdy locks on all external doors as well as on sheds, garages and other external buildings.
Again, regular inspection of your locks is crucial. Ensure that all the locks are still in good condition, that they are rust-free, as rust can make them easy to break, and even check that they have not been tampered with. Any sign of a problem means that your locks need to be replaced immediately.
Forewarned Is Forearmed
If nothing else, invest in a good house alarm security system and ensure that you inspect your property regularly. It is always a good idea to speak with your local locksmith; he is the most qualified to advise you on the best equipment for your needs, all within your budget.
By taking the time to implement all or some of these precautions, it is possible to thwart a burglar’s efforts, or at the very least, to make someone else’s house look like an easier target.