It takes the average burglar 60 seconds to break into your home, and once inside, it only takes them between 8 to 12 minutes to unload you of all of your valuable possessions. One of the best things to do is invest in a home security system. This type of alarm has been proven to deter home burglaries by as much as 300%. But, there are other things you can do today that will increase your home security by this evening.
1. Lock Your Doors and Windows
It may sound simple, but a shocking amount of burglars enter through an unlocked door or window. It’s estimated that around 30% of burglaries are unforced entries. Take the time to inspect every room in your house for any opened windows, or doors.
Make sure you teach your children to lock their bedroom windows at night time to decrease vulnerability.
If you’re the forgetful type and often leave home wondering if you’ve locked your doors, there are several electronic door locks on the market. These door locks can be operated remotely, from your cell phone or work computer. In fact, you don’t even need to use a traditional key these days. Technology like the Kwikset Smarkey allows you to simply input a code to lock and unlock your door. This is particularly useful for young children who may have a tendency to lose their home keys.
2. Keep One Car In Your Drive
Most burglaries want to avoid confrontation at any cost. If they see a car in the driveway, they’re likely to keep on moving to another target. If you have two cars and can leave one home during the day, this is an excellent deterrent.
Additionally, if you’re going out of town on a vacation, ask a trusted neighbor to randomly park their car in your driveway. It will give the appearance that someone’s home, even if you’re far away.
3. Switch Up Your Hiding Places
Once a burglar breaks in, the number one place he searches is your master bedroom. Every burglar knows that’s where cash, jewelry, and other values are most likely to be stashed. Instead of hiding your values in your the most obvious spots, opt for a child’s bedroom, inside an attic, or under a little box. Some people even hide money inside of hollow curtain rods. Get creative.
But don’t hide everything away. Leave some money in an obvious place to satisfy the burglar. If you don’t, and the burglar’s convinced you have cash, he’ll tear up your entire house trying to find it.
4. Change Your Door
If your front or back door is hollow core, you need to replace it immediately. Hollow doors are easy to breach. If you’re unsure about the type of door you have, knock on it. If you hear an echo, it’s likely a hollow core.
Opt for following:
- Solid Wood- beautiful and heavy; superior to hollow core
- Steel- inexpensive and energy efficient but can be dented easily
- Fiberglass- also energy efficient and very secure, impact resistant
In addition to changing your door, make sure you have a deadbolt lock with at least a 1 inch long horizontal bolt. This prevents burglars from easily prying open the door.
5. Install Exterior Lights
A well lit home is the first step to deterring a criminal. Head down to your local home improvement store and pick up flood lights. There are many varieties of flood lights. If you’re sensitive to light at night time, opt for a motion activated security floodlight.
Beautify your home while making it more secure. Uplights serve a dual purpose of highlighting your exterior while deterring burglars.
Make sure there are no dark zones around your home where criminals can hide. Shine them out with a bright light.
Get Started Today
All of above are easy enough to implement today. Taking simple steps like these can secure your home from burglary. So, what are you waiting for? Get started today!