For most people it’s hard to get inside the mind of a burglar, so we have difficulty thinking like they do.
To be “successful” a lot of burglars use scams to help. One such scam is for the burglar to pose as a representative from a utility company or some other legitimate company. They will knock on your door and ask to read your water meter or some other “important” function. Many times, they will bring along an accomplice, whose job is to create a distraction while the other one quickly searches for smaller valuables to grab.
At other times the burglar may come alone and look for the weakest point of entry so he can come back another time. It’s important to watch for workers from gas or electric companies, cable companies, home renovation companies, roof repairers, pavers or anyone claiming to need access to your home that you didn’t invite beforehand. The best thing to do in these situations is to deny the person access, but it is wise to adopt some security measures in case they or someone else decides to come back another time. They know what they are looking for, and if it seems like you take your home security seriously, they are less likely to try and victimize you.
Physical features such as security bars on doors, security film on windows and heavy duty locks are definite deterrents. The presence of a home security company will also keep them away. Something as simple as a sign on the lawn or a few stickers on the windows will let them know that you are protected. Home security is of major importance because burglars will always be on the look-out for valuables to steal.
Sometimes, door and window security features, outdoor lighting, landscaping modifications and even alarms don’t end up keeping an experienced, determined burglar out of your home. Home alarms are a deterrent, they won’t however stop a thief from breaking in.
However, a good residential safe might keep your valued belongings from being taken.
Safes are the last line of defence after someone has already gained entry to the home, and despite the stories you hear of burglars carting entire safes out the door, it rarely, if ever happens that way.
First of all, a well-built safe is heavy. Even a modest-sized residential unit can weigh more than 100 pounds with nothing in it. You can even find home safes with locking mechanisms that require fingerprint identification or similar features that it is impossible for a burglar to reproduce.
A safe might seem like an old-fashioned way to protect your belongings, but the vast majority of the time it will keep your important documents, jewelry and similar items secure. You can even find home safes that are designed to hold a laptop, if you hate the thought of someone making off with all your personal information. Basically, most of the smaller things that a burglar will typically look for will fit into your home safe.
It’s important to note that most burglars are in a rush when they get into a house. He is looking for smaller items that he knows he will be able to sell, and that won’t take up a lot of space or energy to carry with him. That’s not to say he won’t try to get into your safe, but he certainly won’t try to pick it up and take it with him, and if it won’t open within a minute or two, he will abandon that part of the project and move on. Look for a safe that protects against fire and water too, so your documents and possessions stay safe no matter what happens.
Keeping your home and family safe isn’t always a tough task. There are some simple, affordable things you can do to create a safe living environment. Here are some cost-effective methods for securing your home.
When in the process of purchasing a home security system, be sure to comparison shop. Be sure you get quotes from at least three companies before you decide on which one you think is the best option. Ask what equipment you’ll be receiving, what type of monitoring, price and if there’s a contract. Not all home alarms are created equal. Think protection when you’re buying an alarm system.
Don’t post information about an upcoming vacation anywhere on the web. It can be exciting to tell everyone about your vacation, but you could potentially be letting burglars know you will not be home. Sometimes, online, less is more.
Make sure that you change the locks once you’ve taken possession of a new house. You will want to have a unique combination to stay secure. Call a locksmith as soon as you can for maximum security.
Your garage should also be secure as burglars can get in through attached garages. A C-clamp can prevent a garage door from opening if the clamp is tightened on the door track near the roller.
People should never be able to see your valuables from outside your home. You always want to make sure you keep your valuables covered if they are by a window.
Get flashlights with good batteries, and have them in each room in case you lose power. Flashlights are essential since they let you move around in an emergency. Your kids should know how to work the flashlights so that everyone can help.
You need flashlights and plenty of batteries in each room just in case your power ever goes out. The flashlights are important because they make you able to get around the house in an emergency. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the flashlights are.
Before you let any service people into your house, thoroughly check his or her references. Conduct background checks if necessary. You can’t know for sure about the integrity of people you hire, and blindly giving them access to your home can be a huge mistake.
Proper landscaping enhances your home’s safety. Shrubs should not obstruct your doors and windows or fences, since burglars can use untamed landscaping as hiding spots, when they attempt to break into your home. Clean landscaping, especially without any trees or bushes by windows, adds an extra layer of protection to your home.