You don’t need to line your compound with land mines or protect your house with vibranium like Wakanda to keep the bad guys away. In fact, that would suggest there are very expensive materials in there. There are very effortless ways of keeping your home protected when you’re away or on a trip. Here are some ways to cleverly protect your home from burglars;
CLEVERLY PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM BURGLARS WITH THESE EASY STEPS
1) LEAVE A BIT OF LIFE AT HOME:
Although this might not be advisable in some parts of the world but leaving this sensation that says “there are people at home” is the first step of keeping the bad guys away. Leave some lights on especially the porch lights, garage lights, etc. Having good exterior lighting on a timer helps, but the best thing is a motion sensor floodlight. When a motion light kicks on, it says “Hey, something’s going on over here”. Most preferably one that is connected to an alarm system. Burglars are quick to sense if a house has been unoccupied for days. Dim or no lights make it easy for burglars to take a quick peek without being noticed.
2) MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR SOMEONE TO CONCEAL THEMSELVES WHILE BREAKING IN:
Avoid tall/thick shrubs around your windows and doors. Avoid privacy fences. Maintain your yard. A messy yard tells the burglar you’re lazy and may not care much about security. Also, it’s a bad idea to have tall bushes and trees next to windows as these might be used as climbing aids. Make it difficult for someone to conceal themselves while breaking in. Remember, the goal is to cleverly protect your home from burglars.
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3) SECURITY CAMERAS:
It is good to let the burglars know you are watching. Security cameras are a good way of enforcing that thought. Currently, camera’s can be purchased cheaply from local dealers. The most common one is the CCTV camera. Installing a security camera can be a strong disincentive, especially if you live in a quiet neighbourhood. And don’t be keen—fix a hidden camera somewhere but also install one in plain view, staring your intending burglar right in the face.
4) GET A DOG OR “BEWARE OF A DOG SIGN”:
Get a dog. The bark is more important than the bite. A bark alone can scare away petty thieves. If you are not comfortable with dogs, why not get a decoy? The sign alone can be interpreted as a no-go for burglars. A large dog bowl, some toys in the yard and a very glaring ” Beware of dog” sign can do the trick!
5) AVOID BEING A TARGET:
Remember, the goal isn’t to make your house completely break-in proof. It is simply to make your house a less attractive target than the other houses in your neighbourhood. Look at the surrounding houses and adjust accordingly. Don’t be the lowest-hanging fruit! Going to someplace expensive, keep it on a low till you’re back. You can never tell who might be watching. Avoid leaving stuff in plain sight that says “We have lots of money” If you have an expensive car, keep it in a garage. If you have nice stuff in your house, keep your blinds closed. If you just bought a flat screen, trash and conceal the box. You get my point? Don’t keep valuables on display.
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6) STAY PRIVATE:
Keep the private part of your house concealed. Don’t let strangers in and if you must, some parts of your house should remain off limits. Need to use the bathroom? The guest bathroom should be enough. We’ve seen in movies where robbers often use this excuse to unlatch windows in the bathroom that they then use to sneak back in at night.
7) THAT FLOWER VASE IS NOT A KEY STAND:
It has become a trend that people keep keys to their homes under a flower vase by the door or under a stone nearby or even under the foot mat. Those locations are wrong, very exposed and already known by everyone. Have your key with you or better still, leave them with a friend or neighbour. Scared of misplacing it? keep the spare with a friend or neighbour or a family member.
8) IDENTIFY POSSIBLE ENTRY POINTS AND SECURE THEM:
Apart from the front door, thieves may also look to enter via windows above the kitchen sink and upper floor windows (particularly those left open because you feel they’re too high up). Be safe and make sure that these windows are either locked when you’re not at home, or set up alarms and motion detectors to protect the space. Never leave without locking the doors. Are you the kind of person who makes a quick dash to the local market without locking the door? That’s not wise. Sometimes a few minutes is all it takes for a thief to nip in and pinch valuable items.
If you have a security system, don’t put one of those “Protected by ADT” stickers on your door. Knowing which brand of security system can provide enough info on how to disable it. Get a generic sticker.
9) EMERGENCY LINES:
Always have emergency numbers on you all the time. Just incase of an emergency.
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