Securing your Home and Belongings from burglary

Securing your Home and Belongings from burglary The need for homeowners to protect their homes and belongings is greater than ever. All over the country, burglaries are on the rise due to the vulnerability of homes and the easy accessibility that most homes offer to burglars. Your house is your home, your fortress of safety. It’s a place where you keep your most important belongings: your checkbooks, your jewelry, your heirlooms, your important documents and, most importantly, your family. This makes the security of your house extremely important.

While, it may be difficult to completely secure a home from burglaries, one can easily take adequate steps to create barriers that deter burglars or make a burglary tough or time-consuming. There are simple things you can do to secure your house: lock your doors, lock your windows, keep lights on when you are away, for instance. But, there are also more extensive things you can do, things that are sure to leave you, and your house, feeling a little bit safer.

Find below tips you can take to protect your home and belongings from been burgled/difficult.

What can you do?

  1. Ensure all doors and windows have locks in working condition. Keep only where you use to enter the house open, all other entry points to your household should be securely locked to prevent unnoticed entry into your home.
  2. Get a Wrought Iron Door: When it comes to security, it doesn’t take a math genius to know that two door are better than one. Installing a wrought iron door in your house, whether it s in the front, back, or side of your house, is a great way to add more sanctuary to your home. A simple wrought iron door gives burglars another obstacle to overcome, and another reason to leave your house alone.
  3. Get a Burglar Alarm: Yes, a burglar alarm may seem so old school but security never goes out of style. Not only do burglar alarms secure your house when you are away, such as on vacation, but they also keep you safe when you are home. Just telling others that they are there, such as with a sticker in your front door window or a sign on your front lawn, is a great deterrent.
  4. Make it a habit to check that all doors and windows are locked at night before going to sleep. The dark of night is a most ready camouflage for robbers and other criminals.
  5. Outside your home: Prune lower tree limbs – don’t provide the thief with a natural ladder into second floor windows. Keep the view to your house open – criminals love to hide behind tall fences or overgrown bushes while breaking into your home.
  6. Get a Door Viewer: A door viewer, or peephole as they are sometimes called, in your front door is an important addition to you house, particularly if you have children. By installing a door viewer, you, and your kids, are able to see who is at the front door before opening it. If a door viewer isn t your style, a wrought iron door, one that remains locked while you talk to your visitors, can also help keep unwanted people from entering your living room.
  7. Keeps porches, yards, and all entrances to your house and garage well lighted. Leave lights on inside your house when you go out for the evening.
  8. Keep a record of the important information (especially make, model number, serial number) of all household facilities and equipment, such as TV, radio, video cassette recorder, refrigerator, VCR, washing machine. Have an inventory of your jewelry and other precious items and documents like birth and marriage certificates.
  9. Replace What is Broken: One of the most common reasons people are burglarized and assaulted is because of things that are broken and not fixed. Time after time, assailants are able to enter a house through a broken window or door that no longer locks. Do yourself and your family a favor and don t wait to fix things: fix them immediately and sleep sound at night.
  10. Store cash and other valuable in the bank. Hiding them inside locked drawers does not guarantee that they will be safe from the knowing eyes and practiced moves of robbers.
  11. Bring in all outdoor equipment (bicycles, garden hose, mower, etc.) at night. Leaving these valuables out in the garden or street is an open invitation to robbers and thieves.
  12. Protect your house from prying eyes by using curtains or drapes.
  13. Provide family members with their own keys to the house. This is safer than leaving the key in a “secret” place, one that can be discovered by any person who takes the time to watch your movements when you leave your home and come back at night.
  14. If you and your family are going on a vacation, ask a neighbor to watch your home, or ask a relative to stay in your home while you are away. An empty house is a prime target for criminal elements.
  15. Get a Dog:  To amp up your security, you don t have to get a dog that looks scary or even one that is large. It s not the size of the dog that typically scares away would be robbers, it s their bark. Any pet owner will probably tell you that dogs tend to bark at everything, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. While this can sometimes get annoying, it s also a highly effective way to keep burglars at bay. An assailant is much more likely to burglarize a house where they can work in peace and quiet than a house with a four legged warning system.


If you are under threat

  1. If there are suspicious sounds or shadows in your home, try to contract the police quietly so as not to let the intruders know that you are aware of their presence. Most robbers are after the property inside your home, and are more prone to working swiftly and quietly to avoid any physical or violent encounters.
  2. If you awake to the sound of an intruder, you have several options:
  3. Ignite the fire, security and any other alarm that would call your neighbors attention to the house.
  4. Lie quietly to avoid attracting attention to yourself, hoping that they will leave you undisturbed.
  5. You may choose to open lights and make noise by moving around thereby warning them that you are awake, and scaring them into leaving your home. Even if you are alone in the house, you may speak loudly to an imaginary companion.
  6. If you see signs of a break-in or suspicious persons inside your home, do not attempt to go in as the robbers may still be inside. Go to your nearest neighbor and call the police for immediate assistance.
  7. Remain calm and do not panic. Although a robber would prefer to avoid confrontation, they are easily agitated and more prone to uncalled for abuse or violence.
  8. Try to talk it out with the robbers. If you are up to it. This will delay them, and allow for alternative action on your part, if the situation allows.
  9. Note all peculiarities and mannerisms of the robbers, if you come face-to-face with them. Tattoo marks, physical defects, moles and speech mannerisms will help in giving the police a more solid description of the robbers.


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