Nobody wants their house broken into. It’s just common sense to know how to protect your home from theft by taking basic precautions. You don’t want to come home and be greeted by a stranger in your residence. That would be a person’s worst nightmare.
If your house is broken into, there about a 50 percent chance that there will be some kind of damage. There may be things ripped down off the wall to see if a safe in hidden. A locked desk drawer could be pried open doing considerable damage to an expensive piece of furniture.
Lock your doors, windows, and garage when your not home. Especially if you are just going out for a short time. Thieves like to do a little surveying before they pick a house to rob. If you go out at the same time every day and are only absent from your property for a little while, Lockup. You never know who is watching.
You don’t want to give a thief an exact timeframe that he or she can operate in.
You can have a locksmith upgrade your door locks if necessary and put keyed locks on all your windows. You can have them all so that same key will work everything.
If you are a little handy, you could put the window locks on and change out the door locks yourself.
Don’t make it easy for a thief to hide
Try not have your house hidden by landscaping. You don’t want to provide an oasis for a criminal to lurk about without the potential of them being seen by someone.
You definitely don’t want it to be really dark around the outside of the house. Dressed in all black will conceal a person in your yard that you don’t want there pretty well. Add some motion lights. Just the lights coming on will scare off just about any criminal trying to break into your home.
Beef up your entry points
If you have flimsy doors and windows, consider making them stronger. If you have any with damage, get them fixed. Thieves look for this as it is much easier to get into your home through a damaged entry point. If the door frame is damaged, fix it and make it better. Use longer screws, thicker and stronger wood.
Take care of that shed
Lock those shed doors and windows. Someone wanting to gain access to your home is going to see if your shed is locked or not. That shed probably contains everything a criminal needs to break into your house. Don’t make it easy!
Make your house looked lived in while you’re away
A sure sign that there is nobody home is an overflowing mailbox. Don’t let your mail pile up. Have a friend or neighbor collect it every day.
An empty driveway is also a sign that nobody is home. Ask one of your neighbors to park one of their cars in your driveway. It will look like the house is occupied. It will give your neighbor some more room in their driveway, especially if they have a couple kids that have a car and drive.
Protect those house keys
Be careful who you let have use of a key to your house. If you are having work done and the contractor needs a key, be sure to change the lock when they are done. Any person working for said contractor could make a copy of it. Then come back months later so you won’t suspect it was someone that worked for that company.
It can be a real pain in the butt to change all the locks. You could have them all replaced with smart locks. A smart lock lets you change the key for the lock without having to change out the lock. I have them in my home and they are awesome. I never have to worry about someone copying my key and being able to get in without me knowing. I just insert a different key and the smart lock is now keyed to that particular key.
Don’t let the world know you have some good stuff
Did you just get a new sound system delivered for the ultimate football viewing experience? Don’t put that box out in the trash where anyone can read what was in it. You might as well hire a kid in a costume to stand out front of your house with a sign that says “brand new expensive sound system in here, come and take it when we are not home.”
Cut up the box and put it in the trash can, recycling can or in a garbage bag that you can’t see whats inside.
It’s also a good idea to have pictures of your valuables in the home. This way if you are ever a victim of a home burglary, there is a record of what was taken. This is invaluable when you have to make an insurance claim.
Be friendly with your neighbors
If you on good terms with your neighbors, they will keep a look out for your house. It’s never a bad thing to have extra eyes keeping a watch on your most valuable purchase.
When I got divorced my ex-wife was taking stuff out of the house without me there. One of my neighbors called me and told me. They wanted to know if I would like them to call the police and report 2 people taking stuff out of the house. It was a nice jester. If I had not told my ex that she could have whatever she wanted out of the house, the police would have been notified.
Being friendly with the people in your neighborhood pays off.
Get a dog??
I love when people suggest this. I mean who is going to go out and get a dog just so nobody will break in to their house. Very few. If you love dogs, wouldn’t you already have one? Most dogs are so friendly, they wouldn’t do anything anyway. If you do get a dog for protection, it will probably not be nice to anyone but you.
Now you have to deal with this when people or family are over your house. You will probably have to confine the animal to a room.
You shouldn’t treat a dog, your dog who is part of your family like that.
A little common sense and basic knowledge can go a long way to know how to protect your home from theft.