7 tips to prevent a home break-in
Every home should be a safe one. Make sure you are taking the right precautions to keep unwanted visitors out.
7 Tips to Keep the Thieves Away:
-Think like a burglar. Take a walk around your property with a close friend or neighbor who is not too familiar with your house; they may spot things you’ll overlook. Start outside and identify the best locations for a break in.
-Buy a timer so that lights inside your house can be turned on automatically at night so that it appears someone is inside your home. There are also systems available that will open and close your curtains by a timer.
-Lock your garage & shed. These areas typically contain tools and ladders that thieves can use to break into your home.
-Trim bushes and shrubs. Keep your yard free of overgrowth around the house, especially under windows. Select bushes and shrubs with thorns to deter intruders from hiding in them. Trim lower branches of trees near your house if they could help a thief gain access to a second story window.
-Turn your phone ringer down or off. The persistent ringing of a phone is a sign that someone is not home. Also, don’t leave an outgoing message saying you’re on vacation. Instead, have your calls forwarded.
-Prepare your home while away. Mail falling out of the mailbox is one of the biggest indicators that you’re not at home. You can have the post office hold your mail. If you’ll be gone for an extended period of time, ask your neighbor to pick up the mail and newspaper. Consider hiring a house sitter while you’re away.
-Don’t close all your drapes when you’re out; it’s a sign that nobody’s home, and allows thieves to move about your house unseen.
-Get a large intimidating dog that barks a lot.