Uncommon Sense for your Home

Here are a few tips and tricks to make you more secure at home and get the most out of your investment.

7/14/20232 min read

black pug with gray knit scarf
black pug with gray knit scarf

Keeping your home safe from burglars, particularly in a busy city, can be a daunting task. However, by following certain preventive measures, you can significantly decrease the chance of your home being targeted. Here are some simple yet effective steps to prevent home burglaries:

Lock Your Doors and Windows: Always remember to lock all doors and windows when you leave home, even if it's just for a few minutes. Double-check before you leave and also before you go to bed. Invest in sturdy, deadbolt locks for additional security.

Install a Home Security System: Consider installing a home security system. These systems can vary from simple alarm systems to complex ones with cameras, motion detectors, and a direct link to the local police station. Display signage that shows your home is protected by a security system. Burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems.

Keep Your Property Well-lit: A well-lit property can deter burglars as it increases the risk of them being seen. Install outdoor lighting, especially near entrances. Consider using motion-activated lights or lights with timers to give the illusion of occupancy even when you're not at home.

Avoid Showing Off Valuables: Keep your valuable items out of sight to not attract attention. For instance, after purchasing a new TV or other expensive items, dispose of the boxes discreetly.

Use Timers for Lights and Electronics: Using timers for lights, radios, or TVs can make it seem like you're home, which can deter burglars.

Maintain Your Yard: A well-maintained yard can signal that the house is occupied. Also, trimmed bushes and trees provide fewer hiding spots for burglars.

Know Your Neighbors: Building a relationship with your neighbors can be very beneficial for home security. They can keep an eye on your home when you're away and alert you or the authorities if they notice any suspicious activity.

Secure Air Conditioning Units: Ground-floor air conditioning units can be an easy access point for burglars. Make sure they are well-secured from the outside.

Hold Mail and Deliveries: When you're away, have your mail held by the post office or ask a trusted neighbor to collect it. Unattended mail is a clear sign that no one is home.

Lock Side Gates: Keep side gates locked and backyard fences in good condition. It makes it harder for thieves to get to your home unseen.

Secure Sliding Doors and Windows: Reinforce sliding doors and windows with a metal bar along the track. Burglars can easily force these types of doors and windows open, so additional security is necessary.

Don't Hide Spare Keys Outside: Burglars know all the common hiding spots, so it's best not to leave spare keys outside. Instead, give a spare key to a trusted neighbor.

Document Your Valuables: Keep a record of your valuable possessions (including serial numbers and photographs). This can be useful for insurance purposes and to help the police recover your property if it is stolen.

Privacy in Social Media: Avoid announcing your vacation plans on social media, which can be a green light for burglars.

These preventive measures can significantly lower the chances of your home being targeted by burglars. Stay vigilant and make home security a part of your routine.