4 Tips To Make Your Home More Secure

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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

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.

Security Systems

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.



  1. I am cutting down all my bushes this weekend LOL. Seriously., I do have an alarm on my house and don’t think I would feel safe without it.

  2. We use our alarm all the time, and we did cut down our bushes. These are great tips.

  3. Wow! I can’t believe that a burglary occurs every 15.4 seconds! That’s scary! We rent but the building we live in has cameras which give a sense of relief. I do still worry about how secure our building is and think it could benefit from the things mentioned above.

  4. we live in a sleepy rural town and there’s been breakins around the corner. they target elderly people who live alone :( we work hard to have good safety measures in place!

  5. I love the tip about the large boxes for expensive items. At Christmas time our neighborhood is overrun with TV and computer boxes. If I were a thief, I would drive around and take notes for later! Great tips.

  6. Great tips. Especially the one about not looking like a target.

  7. We live in a fairly low-crime area and luckily we haven’t had to deal with a break-in but we did have our car window broken a couple of times last year. The motion sensor light and security camera and warning sign brought that to a stop so I can vouch for that.

  8. We have a security system but also need to put in some motion censored lights. We back up to a green belt and its really dark. I’d feel much safer with lights.

  9. These are some great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Very interesting. Good tips also.

  11. Great tips! I have waited until night before to bring something in from the car just so people wouldn’t see a more expensive purchase. I read recently that home invasions are on the rise, which is more scary to me than regular old burglary.

  12. my husband has our front door light on a sensor – I hate it! It’s too dark. I need to get some solar lights on the walkway.

  13. I love the motion sensor lights idea! I would’ve never thought of that, but it’s such an effective tool.

  14. These are fantastic tips! You know I watch a lot of those crime shows and it definitely has my awareness heightened when it comes to safety! Never can be too safe!

  15. I’m always telling my husband we need to change our landscaping. A security system would be a great investment too. I look at it so differently now that we have 2 kids.

  16. Great tips! I’ll be using some of them at my house!

  17. These are such great tips, especially the hiding place one because we were so oblivious to any crimes around us but when a bad incident recently happened, we got so scared that we have been doing what we can to be more alert. You just never know, right?

  18. Great tips and a super obvious yet often missed one is to make sure all your doors and windows are closed and locked when you leave the house, especially on the first floor.

  19. Thanks for the tips! I also read somewhere that if you have to hide a key somewhere (for instance, you’re going out and a family member who’s on his way home doesn’t have a duplicate key), hang it with several fake keys in the wind chimes in front of your door. The last thing a burglar wants is to be caught fiddling with your noisy wind chimes at your door step.

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