In 2012, there were more than 2.1 million house break-ins in the United States. Here are 10 ways to stop burglars from getting into your home:
1. Install motion sensors, light timers, and occupancy sensors
These devices are the best way to make your house secure and safe, especially if you are a person who works odd shifts or travels frequently. Several appliances can be used as light timers to discourage a burglar, for instance, a FakeTV, which simulates a TV’s flickering light.
2. Remove hiding spots
Prune and trim any shrubs close to the house. Long, untrimmed shrubs provide a potential burglar with a good spot for hiding.
3. Frequently evaluate the quality of your doors
Low-quality, solid-core doors are often easy to break, providing a simple point of entry for burglars. For better home safety, consider using electric garage doors, or replace any door that is hollow.
4. Ensure that the outdoors are well lit
Another way of making sure that your home is safe is installing outdoor lighting near the main entrance. It helps to add infrared motion sensors. Additionally, you should consider replacing any outdoor light bulbs which are burned out.
5. Call the police
Many police departments offer home safety inspections. To minimize home breaking attempts by burglars, always have an officer around to connect with to tighten your home security.
6. Add trepidation signs
Foreboding signs are meant to scare off potential burglars. To keep your home safe from burglars, post window stickers or protection-company signs which are visible to everyone.
7. Replace weak door locks
Make sure to inspect locks and replace any that seem weak. Consider installing deadbolts on door locks or using door locks made of solid metal with heavy-duty strike plates.
8. Check windows
You should make sure that you have replaced or fixed all windows that can’t be secured. You can also install window-break alarms, and window flip locks.
9. Secure window air conditioning units
To secure your home from burglars, you should fix your window air conditioners by using corner braces, sliding window locks, or an air conditioner bracket.
10. Securely store your ladder
Always store your ladder inside to prevent access to the balcony or second floor.