Did you know that break-ins happen hundreds of times each day all throughout the United States? According to studies done through the Department of Justice, the average homeowner can be subject to a loss of about $2,000 or more either in property damage or stolen goods during such a theft. If you are a homeowner, it is important that you know some of the most important security measures to implement to prevent break-ins from happening in the first place.
Tend To Your Landscaping
Believe it or not, your shrubs, bushes and trees can provide an easy place for any intruder to hide in, as well as to camouflage the signs of a burglary. Make sure that you work to trim back any of the vegetation around your home so that areas like the doors, porches and windows are going to be completely visible to people passing by and your neighbors. This is something that may only take a small investment of your time and money and the results will be worth it as you make your entryways less attractive to criminals.
Dress Your Windows
The manner in which you adorn your windows should mean a lot more than simply picking out the prettiest curtain pattern. Using your drapes, shades or other window treatments to block the interior of your home from view can be a nice way to deter a burglar. A lot of the time, this is a crime of opportunity, so if you have your household items in plain sight, you could be sending an invitation to potential burglars that may be in your area.
Never Unknowingly Advertise New Purchases
When you buy a new television or other electronics for your home, do you put the boxes out on the curb with the rest of your trash for pick up? If you do, you are putting out a billboard to criminals that you have new loot up for grams in your home. Think about crushing down the boxes and disposing of them at your local transfer center.
Install Motion Sensors
A good level of illumination at night time is going to be a crucial element to securing your home to prevent break-ins. Any poorly lit areas can be a great space for a burglar to slip in without being seen. Motion sensing security lights are fairly reasonably priced and some are easy enough for you to install on your own as a weekend project. Not only will these lights cause a criminal to get out of dodge when they come on, but it can also alert you and your neighbors that someone is on your property.
Beef Up All Entry Points
A large portion of break-ins will take place on the first floor of a home through a door or window. Hardening these entry points with steel wrapped doors and tough locking mechanisms on both doors and windows can be a great way to keep a burglar from getting inside.
Use Your Common Sense
Protecting your home could be as simple as using your common sense to make sure that all of your doors and windows are locked whenever you leave home or you are retiring for the night. You have to try to think like a criminal and how you would get into your home if you needed to.
When you step back and take a look at some of the ways that your home could be vulnerable to a break-in, you are going to find a lot that you can do to prevent such a loss.
Ross Germano is a self-defense and security enthusiast. You can check out his site, RevereSecurity.com for great information about self-defense and security, as well as the best in security products.