Is A Burglar Alarm Worth It?January 10, 2021
5 Common Factors That Make a Home Vulnerable to BurglaryMarch 12, 2021
Our home is supposed to be our safe haven. It’s the one place for us to feel secure. Disruption can be devastating, traumatic, and cause lasting effects.
Most criminals aren’t looking for attention so they can get caught in the act and go to jail. Preventing an event from ever happening saves money, time, security, and safety. Experts agree, the best defense to deter criminals from a home is to make sure there are secure prevention measures in place. The key is to cause as much attention as possible should someone attempt to unlawfully enter a home.
Most people don’t have the resources for an elaborate security system. There are many simple interventions one can implement to deter unwelcome guests from home intrusion. Here are a few tips and suggestions many law enforcement professionals give:
Security lights: Most home burglary crimes occur at night under the cover of darkness. Motion sensor and timed lighting is the best option to ensure the light is always on. Most criminals won’t bother to risk being seen.
Barking dog: Dogs can be loud, and criminals don’t want attention. Larger, intimidating dogs are more effective, obviously. Even a small dog can make enough noise to draw some unwanted attention. If a dog isn’t an option, make an audio recording.
Shrubs: Leave shrubs lower than windows so a person cannot hide behind to avoid being seen.
Locked entries: This is common sense however, it’s easy to forget sometimes. Have a daily routine so it becomes a habit. Inspect regularly for any needed repairs.
Limited open window space: There are simple and easy latches that attach to windows so they may be partially left open but not enough space to get through. These items are readily available at any hardware or larger retail store.
Cameras: Criminals don’t want to risk getting caught. Make it known everything is being recorded will minimize crime risk. It’s also very effective for the police to find perpetrators quickly. Place cameras where they can be seen or place a visible sign. Today, there are simple portable cameras with WiFi and even solar power for easy installation even in an apartment.
Door and window alarms: Simple, portable battery-operated alarms triggered by motion are effective. Loud attention causes most intruders to run away fast.
Home survey: Most communities offer free law enforcement inspections and assistance to citizens. Reach out for suggestions. Local police know what activity is happening in your area. Some may even offer free, useful security items.
Security system: Various paid subscriber serviced plans are offered. Professional companies offer monitoring from simple to elaborate, costs vary. Many apartments offer services now, so renters or homeowners have this option available.
Taking the time and making the effort to be proactive by including simple but effective measures, can prevent future hardship, even tragedy. Large or small, secluded or urban, making it harder and less attractive to undesirable activity is the best way to minimize the chance of being victimized.