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How to Prevent Home Break-Ins

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How to Prevent Home Break-Ins

Home break-ins are traumatic, but preventable, crimes of opportunity. You may think there’s little you can do to make your home less of a target for thieves, but that’s not true. Criminals are looking for a home that’s easy to access, empty, and one in which they can take their time committing the crime. Here are some tips to help prevent home break-ins.


Make your house look occupied


When you leave your home empty, try to make it look as though there is still someone inside. This is one of the best ways to deter burglars, and it’s not hard to do.


If you have more than one car, leave the one you aren’t using parked outside. This will give the appearance of someone being at home, even when you aren’t.


Leave a few energy-saver lights on inside your home, or put lights on a timer so that it appears someone is turning them on and off.


Eliminate hiding spots


A burglar is more likely to target a house where he can hide while gaining access. Keep bushes and shrubs growing near your ground floor entrances trimmed to prevent burglars from using them as “cover” while they gain access to your home.

Also, keep entrances well-illuminated. If they are more likely to be seen, burglars won’t be as quick to risk targeting your home.


Keep doors and windows properly secured


Many people have two locks on their entrance doors, a deadbolt and a regular key lock. If you are only locking the regular key lock, you’re leaving your home vulnerable to a break-in. Deadbolts are better protection, but only if you actually lock the door.

Never leave windows open when you leave your house, especially ground-floor windows. It takes seconds for a burglar to push out a screen and climb inside your home, where they can take what they like.


Consider installing an alarm


A noisy alarm can draw attention to your home if it is triggered by a break-in, making the burglar likely to panic and leave quickly. They don’t want to risk getting caught, so they’ll avoid hanging around when the neighbours come to see what the noise is all about.