A home break-in is a very traumatic experience that can leave victims feeling lost or extremely vulnerable. You may find yourself unprepared and unsure of what you need to do next to secure your home.
Immediately after a break-in, hopefully, you and your loved ones are safe, and you managed to contact the police. You will then be left with trying to restore a sense of security in your home.
Research shows that if it takes a thief more than four or five minutes to break into a home, he or she will go elsewhere. Take the time to evaluate your house or apartment just as a burglar would and consider these steps to make it more crime-resistant, especially at points of most effortless entry.
- Install simple security devices. Deadbolts on doors, window locks, grates, bars, and bolts can increase the amount of time it takes to break into your home. Make sure the elements you already have in place are in good working order and fix immediately if there are any issues.
- Invest in a smart security system. The most effective ones provide you with real-time alert system notifications to your smartphone. This way, whether you are at home or away, you can maintain a full visual of your property 24/7 with interactive technology that gives you peace of mind, wherever you are.
- Invest in security cameras. Cover key entry points and mount out of easy reach to deter tampering, these tell burglars that someone is watching. WIFI-enabled interior camera or outdoor camera with Video Analytics notifying you if a person, car, or animal crosses your camera’s path is the best solution. These cameras capture who’s inside your home with HD video live-streamed to your smartphone and instantly connect to your cameras to capture live video and access recorded video with ease.
- Trade a little privacy for added security. Trim trees and shrubs near doors and windows and carefully evaluate your options before installing a high, wooden fence around your back yard. Tall fences and shrubbery can add to your privacy, but can also be an asset to a burglar during a break-in.
- Shine a light. Force any would-be burglar out of the shadows. Exterior lights and motion detectors mounted out of easy reach, and access can reduce the darkness shielding a burglar.
- Keep valuables out of easy sight. If your valuable paintings, home entertainment system, and expensive crystal are easy to see from outside the house, consider rearranging your furnishings to make your home less attractive to criminals.
Figuring out how to secure your home doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Use these tips to get started and identify which strategies are most important to you. Then make a plan to add the rest later. Being aware of potential security risks and taking action to address these risks is the best way to keep your home and loved ones safe.
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