Being the victim of a break in comes with overwhelming feelings of violation and intrusion. These sorts of emotions can sometimes be even harder to recover from than the loss of items that may have been taken from the home. It’s not something anyone should ever have to be subjected to. There are a few ways to ensure that your home does not become a target of thieves that may be casing the neighborhood.
- Make sure your home looks secure: If thieves see security cameras or signs advertising vicious dogs or security systems, they may think twice before attempting to break in. Some homeowners even decide to install highly visible fake alarm casings, just as a visual aid to keep the burglars away. Of course a real burglar alarm would be helpful, but this sort of visual security, whether or not your home really is secure, can deter thieves from trying to enter.
- Storm windows: Additionally, the installation of storm windows can be a deterrent as well. The double-panes make it difficult for the burglars to break in and might be enough to send them off without even attempting a break-in.
- Strong locks: The installation of deadbolts can deter thieves from trying to enter as well. If the thief is watching the house and sees the homeowner operating a series of complex, sturdy locks, they may not even try to get past those.
- Automatic lights: Automatic lighting can fool thieves into thinking someone is home when they aren’t.
- Day-to-day behaviors: Be wary of solicitation calls or visits from salespeople. Oftentimes thieves will go door to door or call to see if the person is home. Additionally, any items or appliances with a high value should be moved into the house and away from any open view of the house. Closed blinds and curtains at night can keep burglars away as well, as they can’t see exactly what’s in the house.
Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee that thieves won’t make your house a target. That said, following the above ideas can help to ward them off as much as possible and reduce the overall risk. If you still don’t feel like following these behaviors will be safe enough, and want to install a security system that can keep thieves out, call ComCom Security at (714) 777-6132 or visit our website for a free risk assessment.