No homeowner wants to even imagine what could happen if a burglar entered their home. In our line of work, however, prevention is the key so that you don’t have to imagine the unthinkable! We suggest that instead of avoiding the mere thought of a burglar, that, instead you try to think like a burglar. Here are some questions to consider when trying to get into the mind of a house burglar.
- Look around the exterior of your home. Are there dark corners where burglars could hide? Consider installing lights and possibly surveillance cameras that will help you illuminate and keep an eye on corners, main entrances and basement entryways. Especially helpful are motion sensors that light up when a person walks by the area.
- Are bushes or trees making it hard to see your home? If so consider trimming these back a bit so that they do not block your home. Especially consider this if the bushes make a great hiding place near windows or entryways. Burglars love to have a place to take cover near open windows and doors.
- Do you have a security system and is it clearly marked at your home? A great deterrent for criminals is knowing that a home is under the watchful eye of a quality monitored security system. For many burglars, knowledge that there is a security system is enough to move them onto the next house.
- Does your home lighting give away whether you are at work or away on vacation? Consider a security system or home automation that allows for timing of lights to go on and off at your discretion. Burglars may avoid your home if they can not be sure the home is unoccupied.
- Does your house have adequate locks? Believe it or not, there are many homeowners that still leave their homes unlocked even while they are out. Does your home have adequate locks and a locking system that can be programmed or accessed by all family members? Consider talking to Wayne Alarms about what kind of lock system would work best for your lifestyle.