Peace and comfort are important in your home, and no one wants to think that their neighborhood is unsafe. However, 66% of the 2.5 million burglaries that occur in the United States are home invasions. Fortunately, there are essential steps you can take to prevent a home invasion.
Think Like a Burglar While Walking Around Your Property
Aside from cookouts and taking care of the lawn, how often do you take an interest in the outside of your house? When it comes to protecting your home from break-ins, you should start here.
See if there are any weaknesses in your home by walking around the perimeter. Take the perspective of a burglar. It would help if you looked for easy access points, low windows, unlocked doors, and high shrubs you could hide behind.
Look through your windows. Do you have an unobstructed view of expensive items such as televisions, stereos, and other electronics? Potential burglars can see these items too.
Keep expensive electronics out of sight to deter burglars. Keep costly items in a safe place or lockbox, and hang shades or curtains that hide your home’s interior. Also, covered windows and doors prevent burglars from surveying your home’s interior and planning an entry.
Cut Back on Intruder Hiding Spots by Trimming Shrubbery
Your home’s overgrown shrubs and bushes may provide cover for intruders. Maintain low shrubs and bushes to prevent hiding spots. Having fewer options for burglars to take cover, the more likely they’ll be caught in the act or deterred from breaking in.
Keeping tree limbs back and away from the house is important if you live in a two-story home. It isn’t uncommon for burglars to scale trees to gain access to second-story windows.
Entry Points to Your Home Should Be Double-Checked
Locking your doors and windows is easy to overlook or forget. No matter how far or how long you plan to be away from your home, always make sure it is properly locked when you are gone.
The same applies to your security system. It is all too common for people to feel false security when merely putting in place a system. If you fail to arm the system, you put yourself at risk for home invasion and burglary.
Get To Know Your Neighbors
It is better to have two sets of eyes than one. Talk to your neighbors about watching over your property while you’re away. If they notice any suspicious activity, ask them to call you or the local authorities.
If you are planning to be gone for an extended period of time, ask a neighbor to collect your mail and bring in packages or your garbage. These might seem like insignificant chores, but they make your home appear occupied, keeping burglars away from empty houses.
Deter Burglars With Great Lighting
Lighting your home as much as possible is a good idea. The dark is an inviting place for burglars. They are much less likely to enter your home with lots of outdoor lighting.
Install a lamppost or landscape lighting that shines on the dark areas of your exterior. Modern motion sensor lights offer great protection and help keep burglars at bay. Put motion-sensor lights in your home’s corners and garage entrances. Your home might seem like an easy target from the street, but once the intruder steps foot on your property, the motion sensor light will make them think twice.
Stay On Top of Things at Home Using Technology
A wireless video surveillance system for your home is one of the top ways to keep your property protected. Just the sight of security cameras discourages burglars. Even when you’re not at home, you can keep an eye on your home 24/7 with video surveillance live-streamed to your smartphone. Also, video surveillance is helpful in the event of a home invasion since it provides evidence to prosecute the intruders.
Additional advantages include:
- When someone crosses in front of your camera on your property, a real-time alert system notifies you via your smartphone.
- It can record video clips both indoors and outdoors of triggered events.
- With HD WiFi Video Doorbells, you can monitor high-traffic entryways. This added layer of protection with a smart video doorbell camera allows you not only to see who’s at your door but also to communicate with them.
And if you’re looking for more ways to keep yourself and your family safe, check out our home security blog for more tips. Johns Brothers Security also offers a wide range of home security options to protect you and your family. If you’re ready to discuss our custom solutions, contact us today at 1-800-242-9760 to learn more!