Having your home broken into is a heart wrenching experience. Not only has your safety and privacy been invaded but you may also experience the terrifying feeling of "what if" or "when are" the culprits coming back.
No house is 100% burglar proof. However, there are some simple precautions that you can take to lower the chances of becoming a victim of burglary. These tips show how to increase the security of your home.
For starters, try to think like a burglar might think. Put yourself in his shoes. Take a moment and imagine what you would do if you were going to break into a home. As strange as this might sound, it is one way to effectively visualize a "strategic defense" to the "offense" of burglary.
It is safe to assume that most burglars operate methodically, meaning that they will "case" or observe a potential victim's home over a period of time before they decide to strike. Most burglars work alone or with one other person who helps them. Most people believe that the majority of burglaries take place at night, when actually the opportune time for a burglary is during the day, at a house where the burglar knows that no one is at home. The homeowner has the advantage though, because they know their own home and with a little creative thought, the homeowner can design a defensive program that will deter most burglaries.
Here's some tips:
Doors should be equipped with a wide-angle peephole. Doors should also be made of solid-core hard wood or of steel. Windows should be fit with secure locks or removable bars.
Outdoor lights are effective also. But be sure to place them high enough so burglars can't easily unscrew the bulbs. A dog can be very beneficial as a deterrent. Small dogs who bark a lot are some of the best guard dogs. Window decals that warn you have an alarm system, whether you do or not are also effective. Natural deterrents, such as rose bushes, cactus, or holly planted under windows or at at the bottom of drain pipes are very effective.
If you or your family go somewhere for a few days or take a vacation, it's a good idea to have a trusted neighbor or close relative check on your home; preferably stay there, but if they are unable to "house-sit" 24/7, have them periodically move outdoor accessories around, such as trash cans, lawn mowers, BBQ grills,etc.... And with your permission, have them bring your mail inside the home from the mailbox. Remember, nothing says, "I'm not home" as much as having a large pile of newspapers gathered and strewn about your front porch and lawn. Think "defensively", to avoid the "offense" of burglary.