When you picture a burglary, don’t think of some high-tech criminal mastermind who figures out a way to bypass your home alarm system.
Nearly a third of all burglaries happen simply because someone neglected to lock their doors.
That’s why securing your property doesn’t have to start and stop with putting in a home alarm system. Bucks, PA residents can make themselves safer with these simple steps.
1. Check your doors and windows
Replacing doors isn’t a simple job, but it won’t take much time to at least inspect your doors to see how good they are at securing your home. From there, you can think about things like lock installations.
Your doors should be made with a solid wood or metal core. Hollow doors are easy to break down and should be replaced.
If you have sliding glass doors, make sure to install a wood dowel or an adjustable safety bar inside the door’s interior floor track to keep the door from being opened from the outside.
Make sure all windows have working locks and replace/fix those that aren’t in operation.
2. Talk to the police
Start by checking with your local police department. They might offer a free security assessment, with an officer visiting your home and offering tips to make it more secure.
3. Your hidden key isn’t all that hidden
Chances are you have a house key hidden somewhere outside your home in case of emergencies: under a welcome mat, inside a phony rock, at the bottom of your mailbox, etc. If you can think of a hiding spot, so can a burglar. Give your extra key to a neighbor that you trust instead.
4. Trim your shrubs
Here’s a way to step up your security while also improve your home’s curb appeal: trim your shrubs. If you have shrubs or hedges that have gotten too tall, you’ve given burglars a perfect hiding spot.
5. Light up your property
Another way to make sure burglars don’t have a place to hide: light up your yard at night. Outdoor lights with motion sensors can deter people from lurking around your property.
If you already have these lights, make sure the bulbs are in working order. You may also want to consider putting your interior lights on timers to make it seem like people are at home when you’re at work or on vacation.
6. Play a game of burglar
Ask a friend or neighbor you trust to roam through your house for a few minutes, look for as many small valuables as they can find, and remove them from the home.
This will help you determine how easy it would be for a real burglar to find your valuables and tell you what steps you need to take to protect yourself. It might mean finding new hiding places, renting a safe deposit box, or installing a safe.
Of course, enlisting your neighbors in this kind of experiment only works if you…
7. Get to know your neighbors
A good neighbor can be the first line of defense against burglary when you aren’t home. They can keep an eye on things while you’re on vacation, and let you know if they spot anything suspicious. And of course, being a good neighbor means doing the same for them.
8. Keep your vacation quiet
We get it: the beaches in Thailand are breathtaking. So is the Eiffel Tower, and the Mayan ruins. You can’t wait to put the photos on Facebook.
The trouble is that sharing this information online is a great way to alert potential thieves that your house is empty. Wait until you get home to post vacation pics.
9. The pretend dog trick
Even if you don’t have a dog, putting up a “Beware of Dog” sign or placing a dog bowl by your back door is a great way to deter thieves.
10. Get your family involved
Make sure everyone in your family – kids and parents alike – stick to a home security routine:
- Never forget your home alarm system. Bucks, PA residents should get in the habit of turning it on even when they leave to run errands.
- Get in the habit of locking doors and windows upon leaving and coming home and before bed.
- Do not open the door to uninvited visitors.
Are you concerned about the safety of your home? Holicong Security can help. Whether they need video surveillance, smoke and fire alarms or home alarm systems, Bucks, PA residents have long relied on Holicong to secure their homes and families. Contact us today to learn more.