Home Security Tips

Prevent “window-shopping”

Just as you like to peek in the windows of a store you might want to shop at, burglars want a look inside your home. So when a thief comes up [to a house] he’s probably going to look through the windows to see if this house is a place he will want to come back to and look for something valuable to take. So he can come over here and look through the window – I can automatically see a laptop, I can see a women’s purse over there, I can see a large screen TV or monitor and some other miscellaneous computer equipment. Looks like there’s something of value that’s quick and easy for him to take

Update your windows

Consider upgrading your windows if you have an older home. The older style windows will have just one, leaving the middle, it’s super simple, they’ll just bow out the window just slightly enough to defeat the lock, and away they go, they open the window, and now they can get in.

Keep your lawn groomed

Ensure street view of your home isn’t obstructed by overgrown landscaping, so that potential burglars can’t easily hide while approaching their target.

Use light to your advantage

Get a motion light, the light comes on, it tells the thief that now someone has the opportunity to look at me, so the neighbors could then see me looking around the house maybe, otherwise, he’s in the darkness the whole time.

Make it look as though someone is home

Burglars want a home that is easy to get in and out of quickly and undetected. Their “job” becomes much harder if you are in the home – and they know this. Set TVs, lights, radios, etc. on timers. Consider a TV Light Simulator, which mimics on-screen motion, simulating the exact type of light produced by a real HDTV.

Don’t neglect your garage

Many families leave their garage open for extended periods of time, especially in the warmer months. You left it open for some reason. They look in there [and see] two high-end bicycles on the wall; they can also see two tool chests immediately accessible… all they have to do is walk in here and grab it.

Trust your neighbors

it’s better to leave a key with a trusted neighbor than under a rock or potted plant.

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