Most burglars don’t just choose their victims randomly. They look out for homes with visible security weaknesses and clear loot. Make sure that your home isn’t targeted by using some of these deterrence strategies.
Upgrade your windows and doors
Many modern windows and doors are a lot more secure than those that existed a couple decades ago. They’re built from sturdier stuff and have much stronger locks that are harder to pick. If you’ve got old doors and windows, consider investing in new ones. On top of security, switching to modern doors and windows could offer added insulation and soundproofing.
Install a home security system
A home alarm can be a great way to deter burglars. Many modern alarms do more than just bleep when an intrusion is detected. Some can send alerts to your phone and even be linked up with security cameras so that you can see what’s happening at your home if your alarm is triggered. A home alarm could also reduce your home insurance rates, potentially saving you money.
Add some exterior lighting
Burglars like to be able to break in unseen. Exterior lighting makes this much harder for burglars to achieve – there could be a greater risk of being spotted by neighbours. Motion sensing lighting is the most economical option, saving you from having to have a light on all night. This lighting could also have the dual benefit of helping you find your keys when coming home late at night, as well as making your home more welcoming to guests who may be visiting in the evening.
Use dummy deterrents
You can also deter burglars by using dummy tactics. For example, if you cannot afford video surveillance outside your home, you could always try installing a dummy camera. Most burglars won’t be able to tell the difference between a fake camera and a real camera and they’ll likely give your home a wide berth.
Keep valuables out of sight
A burglar is more likely to target your home if they can see that there are valuables worth stealing. Resist showing off your valuables by keeping them hidden from view. If your living room faces onto a busy road, consider buying blinds or net curtains so that passers-by can’t peek in and see your TV and other appliances. Meanwhile, try to always keep garden tools locked up in a shed when not in use.