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There are a lot of ways to make your home more secure, and burglars know them all. If they have the opportunity and the desire, they can break into your house. The FBI claims that every 15.4 seconds, a burglary occurs in the United States. You may not be able to make your home a fortress, but there are several ways you can deter criminals from taking the risk of breaking and entering your home.
Motion-sensor lights for the perimeter of your home are not expensive to install and are a great deterrent to burglars. If they approach your house after dark and all of a sudden floodlights turn on, they will flee. They also attract the neighbors, and if they know you aren’t home, they can call the police if they see the lights go on.
Don’t Give Hiding Places
Most burglaries happen during the day, and burglars need nooks and crannies in which to hide. Trees and shrubs near doors and windows will give them a hiding place while they break in. This doesn’t mean you need to have a desert in your front and backyard, but a well pruned and maintained garden affords less possibility of hiding places. Privacy fences can also provide hiding places. If they can get inside the fence, and no one can see them once they are inside, they have a free hand. This is when the security system has to be good.
Don’t Look Like a Good Target
If a burglar can see your expensive TV, car and furniture, they will assume there is something worth the effort inside. Keeping the blinds or curtains closed or having tinted, transparent glass coating will help keep prying eyes out. And if you ever buy expensive merchandise, make sure to break down the boxes and place them into the garbage can rather than on the street so you don’t advertise your possessions.
If you advertise with a sticker on your front window what type of security system you have, you are giving the burglar the information he or she needs to circumvent it. However, a generic sticker is a good idea. Also, most burglars say a dog is one of the best security systems. It doesn’t need to be a trained attack dog. Even a small yapping dog or just a Beware of Dog sign will make a burglar think twice about approaching that house. If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is loud and obnoxious.
You may not be able to make your house completely break-in proof, but you can make it a less attractive target. If your house stands out as the home of affluence, burglars will want to check it out.
About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here. This article was cowritten by the experts at Transparent Glass Coatings.