Home burglary is a scary thing to think about. Luckily, there are ways to prevent home burglary that may be simpler and more affordable than you realize.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, burglars won’t find your home an “easy mark” if:
- They are forced to work in the light
- They can’t break in without making a lot of noise, or
- They have to take a lot of time breaking in.
A good security system, while a smart investment, may not be an affordable option for many homeowners. Fortunately, there are some simple – and affordable – steps you can take to help make your home less attractive to burglars. Read through the do’s and don’ts below regarding home burglary prevention.
DO “Case” Your Own House
Try and look at your home, condo or apartment through the eyes of a burglar. Or, pretend you have forgotten your key. How would you break in? Where are the easiest points of entry? Then consider what you can do to make them more secure.
DON’T Draw Attention to Your Valuables
Whenever you purchase a new television, computer, or other electronic equipment, you’re typically pretty excited to get your new goods hooked up – and you may not even thing about the box they came in. But leaving the box out by the curb is an announcement to thieves that you have pricey belongings – and they may wonder what else you have stashed inside the home.
Similarly, if you have expensive items in plain sight of a ground floor window, you might want to consider rearranging a few things so the valuables are less obvious to any would-be burglars. Remember the old adage…out of sight, out of mind.
DO Use Your Basic Security
Every house has doors, locks, windows and lights. But the kinds you have and the ways you use them can make a big difference when it comes to preventing home break ins.
Doors. Make sure you have strong doors and doorframes. A peephole or wide angle viewer in the door is safer for identifying visitors than a door chain.
Locks. Install high quality locks. Deadbolt locks are best and the cylinder should be pick-resistant. Special locks are available for sliding glass doors, which can otherwise be easy to open.
Windows. A simple way to secure double-hung windows is to drill a hole through both the window casing and window frame, and then insert a nail “pinning” the upper and lower frames together. For windows on the street level, consider installing security bars or grates.