We are privileged to live in a wonderful country like Canada but that doesn’t mean we can let our guard down when it comes to home security. Unfortunately, anybody can be burgled at any time. The best thing we can do to keep our homes, our families and our belongings safe is to minimize the chances of being targeted by burglars. Sometimes, we inadvertently make mistakes that virtually give signals to burglars, almost inviting them to burgle you. Let’s take a look at some tips that will help reduce the chances of being targeted by thieves.
1. Home Security System
Yes, this may be an obvious one and one in which you have to spend money, but what price is the safety of your home, family and peace of mind? This is undoubtedly the best way to deter criminals. Even in the event of them striking, authorities can be alerted and be well on their way and possibly, catch them in the act. If not, then there is always video technology, assuming your plan has this included. This way, someone may be able to identify the criminal and put him or her away. It helps to display surveillance cameras and have signs to show that your home is protected by a security system. This is a great deterrent. Make sure to place cameras where they are not easily accessible so that they can’t be tampered with.
2. Make Sure To Lock Up
Sounds silly doesn’t it? Surprisingly, many people don’t lock every door or window when they leave. There should really be no room for such complacency. In fact, even if you’re in the back garden or front yard, just take an extra second to lock the door. Some of these robbers just need a few seconds to get in, take something and get out, all in the blink of an eye. In fact, a very high percentage of robbers actually slip in through an open window or door. Don’t take chances.
3. Be Careful On Social Media
Social media is a bit like science and technology; science and technology can do so much good for the world, yet it’s also capable of making bombs and guns that kill. Be careful what you say on your Facebook or Twitter pages. Yes, it may be fun and addictive using these platforms, posting news and photos, but what if you mentioned that you’re going away on holiday for 2 weeks? Thieves could be reading this and rubbing their hands together. You’ve just advertised where you’re going, when you’re going and when you’re coming back. You think it can’t happen? Think again. Be really careful about advertising information of this nature.
4. Discard Packaging Boxes Discreetly
If you’ve just purchased an expensive stereo system or a 52-inch plasma TV, or anything that’s expensive that comes with branded packaging, be careful not to advertise this in any way. Find some other way to get rid of these boxes. You could simply break them down and hide the fact that you’ve just purchased a brand new computer or something else. Having these boxes placed on your driveway or outside your home is giving a signal to robbers, telling them you have nice, shiny, brand new electronics that’s worth stealing.
5. “Beware Of Dog” Sign
Do you have a dog? If you do, put up a sign. If you don’t have a dog, don’t worry. You can still put a “BEWARE OF DOG” sign prominently to deter thieves. Research has shown that robbers try to avoid targeting homes with dogs. So, even if you have no dog, place a sign and let them think you do. The reason burglars hate dogs is not because of the bite, but the bark. Dogs will bark and this might cause neighbours to take a look. Burglars don’t like nosy neighbours, do they (well, who does)? They could witness too much. Since they don’t want attention, they’ll move on to someone else with no dog or sign.
If you decide to go with a home security system, you could arrange for it in a way where you can have remote access, watch video footage and even have control of locks on doors and windows. You could even have lights come on and off to give the illusion that someone is at home. Having someone else monitor your home twenty-four hours a day will give you peace of mind and it’s probably the best solution to deter criminals.