At Holder's Security, we carry tools and equipment that help you secure your home, including alarms, surveillance cameras, safes and door locks. Even with these in place, there are additional tricks you can implement yourself to make your home less attractive to an intruder. The goal is to both make your home as safe as possible in the event of a burglary attempt, but also to deter a burglar from ever approaching your home in the first place. Here are a few effective ways you can improve your home's security.
- Shades, curtains and blinds
?If there are no coverings on your windows, it's easy for anyone passing by to see if anyone is home. It's also easy to see if there's anything in your home that they'd like to steal. Having shades, curtains or blinds in place make it more difficult to tell from the street if your house is empty and vulnerable. Be careful about how you use these window coverings, however. If you simply close your curtains when you're away and leave them open when you're home, a burglar is likely to notice this behavior. Instead, consider shades that allow some light to pass through during the day but provide enough covering to obscure the view into your home. This way, you can leave them in the same position most of the time.
- Flyers and papers
?In a given week, think about all the flyers, menus, coupons and newspapers that are left on your porch or in your door. Now, if a burglar is driving through your neighborhood and notices your home is among the few that hasn't removed the most recent flyer, wouldn't that make them think you haven't been home since it was left? And the more flyers and other things present on your porch, the more likely it is that no one is coming home any time soon. If you really are away, ask a neighbor to pick up your mail and clear away these items littering your front porch. If you're at home, pick these up as soon as possible. Otherwise, there's a risk of a burglar attempting a break in while you're there, which could set up a dangerous situation.
- Light timers
?Putting both interior and exterior lights on timers is a cheap and easy way to make your home less attractive to burglars. Outside your home, lights make it more difficult for an intruder to stay hidden while they find a way in. Inside your home, lights coming on and going off make it appear that someone is home, even when you're not. Both of these convince intruders to avoid your home because of the apparent risks. The added benefit is that you'll never come home to a dark house. Both the entrance and inside will be well-lit so you know no one is hiding.
?Mowing your lawn, trimming the bushes and trees and keeping your porch and sidewalk swept are chores that need to be done by everyone. When you do them regularly, there's the added benefit of improving your home's security. Like having exterior lights, keeping bushes trimmed makes it more difficult for an intruder to stay hidden. If they're out in the open while they try to break a window or unlock your front door, they'll be less likely to try it. Keeping trees trimmed help eliminate access to second floor windows or your roof. And sweeping and mowing your lawn make it less likely that you're away on vacation. This means either someone is home, or someone soon will be. Since more burglars want to get in and out before anyone notices, they'll be less likely to break in if they think they might get caught.
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