The threat of a stranger, or even someone you know, breaking and entering always exists. However, this does not mean you must live in fear. There are certain measures that can be taken in order to lower the risk of being targeted. As we are here to ensure you have the tips you need to keep your home safe at all times, our experts have provided valuable information below.
Often times, people find that their homes have been targeted in part due to seemingly small, common mistakes. With that in mind, our team has put together some helpful tips that you can use to ward off predators.
Here are 4 ways to avoid inviting unwanted guests into your home:
- Always Lock Your Doors
To some, this may seem obvious. But sometimes, especially for those living in the quiet suburbs, you feel comfortable keeping the door unlocked from time to time. It’s believed that the only people in the neighborhood are those who live there. This can be a dangerous assumption that leads to being a victim of a break in. Many predators can look and play the part of the friendly neighbor strolling along, minding his business. These crooks are usually smart and don’t rush into things. Rather, they patrol houses watching for neglectful patterns that could make their “job” easier. If doors are left unlocked, it’s nothing for these guys to casually walk into your home, take what they want and leave without every looking suspicious or drawing attention. By always keeping doors locked, even while you’re inside your home, you are subliminally letting them know that you’re onto this sort of activity.
- Keep Lights on at Night
Of course, nighttime seems to be the most prevalent time for predators to make their moves. When it looks like nobody is home, or at least like everybody is sound asleep, you are practically inviting robbers to inspect your home. It’s nothing for a seasoned crook to check for unlocked doors and unlatched windows when it looks like the odds of anybody being awake or around to spot them is low. By keeping a porch light, and preferably one additional light on inside, you’re sending the message that there is a chance of someone being around to catch them in the act. It’s usually not worth the risk, easily deterring any suspicious activity.
- Latch and Secure All Windows
Common sense may tell you to latch all of the downstairs windows. But for those in a multilevel home or who live in the upper level of a multi-home complex, you may not think to secure some of those hard to reach windows. However, there are those thieves’ whose specialty is reaching those high up places as they know security measures are often neglected.
- Close All Blinds
Don’t tempt an unwanted guest to enter your home by showcasing what’s inside. Thieves are on the constant look out for TVs, jewelry and anything that could be of value. By displaying anything in front of a door or window, you are practically broadcasting that you have trophies up for grabs in the mind of a predator. Also be aware of the proximity of your more valuable items (or items that could be perceived as valuable) to the doors and windows. If a thief sees that something that catches their eye is within easy reach, they may be tempted to take more extreme or careless measures, knowing they have a quick escape route. Keep blinds drawn, especially when you’re not around or at home, and keep valued items out of sight.
Of course, there are many other measures that can be taken. From security systems to simply owning a dog, there are many ways you can deter unwanted guests. But by taking these precautions seriously, you’re also taking the security of your family and your home seriously, lowering your chances of becoming a target. Stay safe, friends!