According to the statistics, 22% of all property crimes are burglaries. A property crime occurs approximately every 3 seconds and a home burglary every 15 seconds! This has many Canadians worried about the safety of their homes.
But, by eliminating the conditions that are favourable to burglars, you can reduce the chances that you will be a victim of a home burglary. Being vigilant ensuring your home is secure could save you a traumatic and costly experience.
The following tips will help you lock out crime and secure your home.
Here are some tips to help you keep the bad guys away.
- Try looking at your home from a would be burglar’s perspective. Is it well lit at night? Are there hiding places close to the windows and doors? Are the bushes and shrubs too close to the house? If you can spot a problem, so can a burglar.
- At the risk of stating the obvious, locks on all doors and windows, and visible basement window grates will go a long way in deterring many burglars. It slows them down which is a problem for them.
- A barking dog (real or recorded) will scare off most bad guys.
- Install an alarm system. There are many options available and most are not that expensive. Very inexpensive when compared to the alternative.
- Security cameras will also help scare away the burglars. Even dummy ones are a good deterrent. Some even have an LED light to make them look very real.
- Join the neighbourhood watch, and put up the sign.
- If you go away, make sure you have someone checking on your home on a regular basis. Burglars target homes that look unoccupied so be sure the mail and flyers are brought into the house. Have the house watcher leave different lights on each time they are there.
Home security is an important step in preventing crime. You home should appear lighted, protected and occupied at all times. Lights, time and noise are three of the bad guy’s biggest enemies.