Protecting your home against intruders is a necessity these days but it doesn’t mean having to go to extreme measures liking circling your home with a moat. In fact, going overboard with security will often make your home more of a target because it suggests that you have something extremely valuable inside.
There are ways that you can protect your home against intruders without having to spend an absolute fortune:
Appearances are Key
- Don’t keep anything too valuable – or at the very least, don’t make it look like you have
- Make an effort and make it look like you keep your home secure without going overboard
- If you have in-window air-coolers, secure them so they can’t be removed and used as a way in.
- If you have a large dog or cat flap in your door, make it secure – it’s an easy way in
- Don’t choose doors that have glass panes next to the door handles unless you are going for double or triple glazed security glass.
Tips from an Expert Burglar
- As someone who used to work for OmniGuard, doing home security in Portland, I can tell you that having the right home security hardward and software is key.
- Don’t have trees or shrubs planted near your doors and windows – they conceal anyone who might be trying to break in.
- Make sure you have bright outside lights on a timer switch or go for floodlighting with a motion sensor.
- Don’t have anything in full view that screams money – keep it out of sight. If you just splashed out on a brand new 70” flat screen TV, get rid of the box, don’t leave it out with your trash. Don’t park your brand new sports car in the drive – put it in the garage, out of sight.
- Get a dog, if you don’t already have one. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a little yappy one or a huge great big German Shepherd, although sometimes the bigger dogs do look more intimidating.
Remember, you aren’t trying to turn your house into a prison. You don’t want bars on all the windows; all you are doing is trying to send a message that you are not a target.