10 Ways to Protect Your Home From Burglars

Although burglar alarms are good deterrents, there are things you can do to make your home less enticing to criminals than others in your neighbourhood.

Get a dog. If that’s too extreme, get a “beware of dog” sign or place a partially chewed extra-large rawhide bone by your back door. Intruders don’t want to cope with large dogs.

Keep the garage closed. Not only do garages often provide sheltered places for burglars to break into your home without being seen from the street, they’re also where you most likely keep easily-fenced items like bicycles, power tools, and golf clubs.

Use automatic timers. Putting automatic timers on lights and radios to go on and off at different times makes it appear as if someone is home when no one’s there.

Don’t advertise new purchases. When you buy something new or expensive for your home such as a television, don’t put the packaging on the curb for trash pick up. Instead, take those empty boxes to your local recycling or waste disposal centre.

Install good deadbolts.They should have a reinforced strike plate with three-inch screws. If there is glass near the door handle, you might want to consider a double keyed deadbolt lock.

Use your alarm system signs. Those stickers and signs could be what keep your alarm system from never being activated.

Don’t let papers or mail accumulate. Either arrange for a neighbor to pick them up daily or temporarily stop delivery while you’re out of town.

Make sure all windows and doors are locked. This may sound basic, but it’s surprising how often a burglar can just walk in. Make sure any sliding doors are extra secure, as these are often seen as an easy point of entry.

Keep entrances visible. Overgrown shrubbery can hide burglars from the street while they break into your home.

Use caution during the day. Burglaries are just as likely to take place during the day, when everyone is away at work or school. Just because it’s daylight doesn’t mean your home is safe.

All the safeguards in the world can’t assure that your home is burglar proof, but if you can make your home less inviting to burglars than the one next door, you’ve done a lot to protect your family, your home, and its contents.