Five Ways To Protect Your Home From Burglars

Five Ways To Protect Your Home From Burglars


Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the chance of your home being targeted by thieves.

Do an Inspection

Walk around the outside of your home and look for anything that might make it easier for a thief to break in or make your home a more attractive target. Look for windows that could be easily pried open from the outside.

Check for doors that don’t close or lock properly. See if you have any trees that are close enough to your house to allow potential thieves to sneak in through a second-floor window. You should also be aware of any valuable property you have that is easy to spot through windows or that is kept in your yard.

Store Expensive Property Inside

It can be tempting to leave outdoor equipment such as grills, bicycles, motorcycles, and cars in your yard or on the street. However, anything a thief doesn’t have to break in to steal is an attractive target.

Even if you’re not particularly worried about having an item stolen, it may be best to move this property to your garage or storage shed to avoid attracting thieves who might also take other property you place a higher value on. If you must park your vehicle on the street, be sure to lock it and consider using additional security measures to deter theft.

Build a Fence

If you don’t already have a fence, consider building one to make it more difficult for burglars to access your yard. Chain link or metal fences that have been anchored in concrete are the most difficult for thieves to climb or crawl under. You can further discourage climbing by topping your fence with spikes or barbed wire.

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Cover Windows and Glass Doors

Covering the glass in your windows and doors can prevent thieves from peeking in to assess what kind of valuable property you may have to steal. It also makes it more difficult for them to determine whether anyone is at home. Consider covering windows with heavy curtains. Glass doors can be covered with privacy film that distorts or blocks the view from the outside.

Keep Everything Locked

One of the best things you can do to discourage thieves is to make sure your gates, garage doors, storage sheds, windows and the doors to your house are completely locked.

Employ deadbolts on the doors to your home. Check the locks on your windows to make sure when engaged the windows can’t be lifted from the outside. Consider using padlocks on your outside gates and storage buildings.

You may also wish to add smart technology to your home that can alert you when you forget to lock something and, in some cases, allow you to lock up your house remotely with your cell phone.

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You can’t make your home completely burglar-proof, but by taking these steps you can decrease the chance that burglars will successfully target your house. Consider consulting your local police department for additional safety recommendations.

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