Whether you’re going out of town for a week or heading to the grocery store, keeping your home secure is important. It doesn’t matter how far away you travel or how long you stay. Your home and your belongings are at their most vulnerable when no one is there. Nearly three-quarters of all household burglaries occur while no one is home. That’s primarily because burglars want to get in and out of the home as quietly as possible.
Keeping your home secure and your possessions from burglary is a matter of making it as difficult as possible for burglars to ply their trade. News reports can focus on sophisticated criminals who research their victims before striking. However, the vast majority of burglars are amateurs. These criminals act impulsively, burglarizing a home because they see an immediate opportunity for a quick score. There are numerous ways homeowners can protect their homes by making them much less inviting for these criminals.
How You Can Keep Your Home Secure
For example, one of the most effective means of protecting your home from burglars is installing cameras and alarm systems. If the sight of security cameras isn’t enough to scare a burglar, the piercing sound of an alarm system almost certainly will. Even planting fake security cameras around your property can be effective. Few criminals will take the chance by calling your bluff. It’s also important to cut down on obvious signs you’re not at home, especially during long trips. Have your newspaper or mail service suspended and ask a neighbor to bring in your garbage cans. Keeping your vacation plans off social media can help make it less obvious that no one’s home.
Secure the various points of entry around your home to take another important step to protect yourself from burglars. Make sure your doors are equipped with heavy deadbolts and feature solid construction. Windows should always be locked. Garage door openers should have their access codes changed regularly. Never keep spare keys anywhere near the door or in any of the obvious places burglars might think to look.
Also, look beyond your home to maintain home security. Modern technology means that if a burglar can get into your phone or computer, the results can be far worse than breaking into your home. Make sure all of your electronic devices are secured with passwords or other forms of authentication.
A Quick Guide to Home Security
Keeping your home secure and safe from burglars means making it too risky for them to attempt a break-in. Follow the tips in the guide below, and you’ll be able to breathe easier — no matter how long you’re away.
Author bio: David Nance is a nationally acclaimed personal safety and home security expert who has been featured on the History channel, Spike TV, FOX & Friends and more. He is also CEO/V.P. of Sales & Marketing at SABRE — a company that specializes in wireless home security alarms and self-defense products.