1) LOCK IT UP
This one may seem obvious, but it’s forgotten about more than you think. Locking a home when away and during sleeping hours is the first step towards achieving protection.
2) WELL MANICURED = WELL PROTECTED
Not only is the overgrown shrub an eyesore for your neighbors, but it is also a means of cover for many perpetrators that are lurking around and looking for the next prime target. Trim the shrubs and weeds in your front yard to improve the curb appeal but also to show that you pay attention to details.
3) FORTIFY THE CASTLE
This one ties back to the first point in that you need to take measures into securing your home. Adding accessories like a deadbolt lock onto your front door helps, but you can also accomplish this in other ways by adding curtains or shutters to your windows.
This will make it more difficult to enter, and also deny them a clear vision point into your domain. Depending on preferences, you can also add a fence with a gate of some sort for added protection to your property. Lock up your expensive tools, bikes etc., away from plain sight as well so that potential intruders don't have an idea of what you own.
4) DETECTION CONNECTION
The addition of motion sensors is always a great deterrent to potential burglars. While you can always add digital sensors in and around your house, something as simple as adding gravel around the house adds a nice aesthetic while allowing you to hear footsteps.
If you can, solicit the help of man’s best friend to be on guard. Often times, there is nothing scarier than hearing a fierce bark echoing through the hallways of your home.
5) WHEN THE CAT’S AWAY THE MICE WILL PLAY
Everyone needs time for holidays and vacations. From an outside perspective, it still needs to appear as though you are home. Take measure to have a neighbor or friend look after the house while you are away.
Add a home security system and camera to monitor activity while you are away. Most have apps that allow you to check on your home while you are away.
Have the mail and newspaper delivery stopped or collected by a trustworthy neighbor.
6) TO HIDE YOUR KEYS OR NOT TO HIDE YOUR KEYS? THAT IS THE QUESTION
The simple answer is no. Most intruders are intelligent enough to check in the exact places that people typically hide them (as clever as you may think you are). If you really need someone to check on your place while you are gone, hand them a copy of the key instead, so you know exactly where it is at all times.
7) TO KEEP THINGS SAFE...BUY A SAFE
Often times burglars will break into a house looking for specific items. Jewelry, expensive electronics, and cash can be found at the top of this list. But these days it is also common for smarter thieves to gather personal information to steal your identity. Because of this, it can be highly beneficial to invest in a lockable file cabinet to house important documents related to identity theft.
8) IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY! DON’T TELL THE NEIGHBORS
Congratulations! You have lived another successful year of life. Maybe you threw a party to celebrate. It is extremely advantageous to take the time to break down packaging before placing it in the trash can. Your neighbors don’t need to know that there is a $9,000 75” 4K HDR television set with all of the bells and whistles imaginable. Keep it discreet.
9) STAGE A BREAK IN
Take a day with the family to stage a mock break in. Have someone take notes and identify the weak areas so that measures can be taken to improve security. Make sure everyone knows who to contact, as well as when to contact the proper authorities when trouble arises.
10) PLAY NICE WITH THE NEIGHBORS
Some of you will be more fortunate than others when it comes to the luck of the draw regarding who your neighbors will be. The bottom line is that your neighbors can be your best allies and a major part of your security strategy. Get to know them and determine whether or not they are on your side, or if they are the target.