Burglary is not a new phenomenon, and it has been an issue for as long as homes were built. The crime rate has risen by 122% in the last thirty years, and now there are about 2.1 million burglaries recorded each year.
Burglar-proofing your home is the first step to keeping your family safe. But it’s also crucial for protecting your property and belongings, whether you live in an apartment or own a house. Burglars are far less likely to break into homes that show no signs of vulnerability, like open doors or windows with curtains blowing out of them.
That means that there are two ways to keep burglars away: make sure they can see that you’re on high alert (by installing motion-activated lights inside and outside), and keep all entrances visible at all times by making sure any blinds or curtains are closed tight when you leave the house.
Use Window Locks
Homeowners can secure their residential windows by adding a locking device to their windows. These locks can prevent burglars from opening windows and gaining entry into your home.
Window locks function just like regular locks, but they’re much easier to use and require no drilling or damage to the glass to install. Use a window lock to secure every window in your house. When you’re at home, keep the windows locked even when they’re open.
Use Motion-activated Lights
Motion-activated lights are a great way to make burglars think someone is always home because as soon as they trip the light, they’ll know there’s movement inside and will probably turn around and leave.
If you’re going to be on vacation for a while, use a timer to turn the lights on during the day so that it looks like someone is home. You can also put some indoor lights on a timer. In addition to using motion-activated lights, make sure you always leave one light on in the house when you’re away.
Install a Security System
If you don’t want to use motion-activated lights, then install a security system at your home. These systems can alert you via text or email if someone breaks into your home and could even allow you to talk with the intruder before the police arrive at the scene.
More advanced systems can include cameras and control panels that allow you to lock and unlock your doors remotely. Keep in mind, however, that these systems can be quite expensive.
Add “Beware of Dog” Signs to Your Yard
Putting up a sign that says “beware of dog” is an easy and effective way to let would-be burglars know that you have a pet, and there’s a good chance it will attack if someone tries to break in. Of course, if the burglar is armed with a weapon, they can simply shoot your dog or cat during a home invasion.
This response will only work if you actually have a pet and it’s large enough for people to believe it could cause serious damage. If you’re going to put up this kind of sign, it’s a good idea to have a dog around the house.
Install a Peephole in Your Door
To make sure you’re the only person who can let people into your home, install a security peephole in your door. These peepholes allow you to see exactly who’s standing on the other side before you open the door.
If someone knocks at your door and you don’t recognize them, don’t be afraid to ask questions through the door. You can find out who they are, what they want, and even have them show you their ID.
Secure Sheds with Screws
If you have a shed, make sure to secure it with screws instead of nails. You can also add a lock to the door so that burglars have one more thing they need before being able to break in and steal your belongings.
Door Reinforcement Hardware
You can easily purchase door reinforcement hardware for under $5. These pieces of hardware are easy to install. They will allow you to keep your doors locked even when they’re unlocked.
If someone breaks in through the front door, all you have to do is lock the door behind them with this special hardware and then call the police.
Security Window Film
One of the best ways to keep burglars away from your windows is by installing security window film on them. Security film is made of metal sheets, so no one can kick in the glass.
This type of film is very easy to install, and you can do it yourself (especially if you want to save money on installation). It’s also an excellent way to replace your old glass and upgrade it without spending a lot of money. You can browse for security window film on the Internet and purchase the exact size and type you need.
Burglar-proofing your home doesn’t have to be expensive. With a few simple tricks and some adjustments, you’re well on your way to making your home a lot safer for you and your family.