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We often forget that sometimes, our homes are looked on with desire by others who may not have actual ownership of the property. This can be as simple as someone window shopping in the neighborhood, trying to figure out where the nicest properties are when considering moving to said environment. However, sometimes thieves and those who wish to gain access to your property will also look around with the same clinical interest, and this is not a good thing at all. You can’t prevent people looking at your home from the street, unfortunately. What you can do is ensure that the means of them actually gaining access are prevented, and stopped at the very first hurdle.
For more info regarding how to prevent a break-in, we’d recommend checking out the linked resource. But for extra advice, and perhaps a few social additions to said methodology, you can protect your home even more, from top to bottom. With these simple pointers, you are much more likely to prevent any and all break-in attempts, helping you prevent those issues now and for the rest of your occupation of the home. Consider:
Keep Leaving Quiet
When you’re headed on vacation, it can be tempting to tell everyone you know. Of course, keeping it completely silent would be a ridiculous notion, and not something that actually makes a whole lot of sense, as it would cause more trouble than it solves. However, it might be that you neglect to tell your cab driver that morning no matter how excited you are, only tell the neighbors you trust, and inform your child to only tell their close friends. There’s no reason that you need to fully declare you’re going to be vacant from your house for weeks, as you never know when this information can hit the wrong ears and unfortunately cause problems down the road.
Of course, this might actually seem like a paranoid thing to consider, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry, and you can never quite tell the intentions of those you aren’t the most familiar with. Sometimes, it’s better to keep leaving for a period relatively quiet, or at least heavily imply the home will be occupied to some capacity.
Of course, sometimes you need to backup the previous advice. It is extremely likely that preventing a home robbery can be achieved if you’re simply willing to implement night lights on a timer, and these are often extremely cheap to install into a plug socket. Be sure to place them in the corridors or near windows that illuminate the area the most diligently. These night lights can often deter any would-be thief, and it’s not always easy to see who’s in a home when different lights are switched on each night. However, your home being pitch black from the inside from 6pm on a winter’s night is often a fairly reasonable clue that nobody is home, and that’s what thieves look for. You can also consider implementing a floodlight outside if you haven’t already, as these motion-controlled products can often prevent someone from even trying to enter the threshold of your property.
If your driveway is empty for two weeks, it’s pretty clear that no one is home. If you have a spare car, be sure to park that in the main parking slot so it’s visible, and not just inside your garage. This signifies that someone is home. However, if you only have the one vehicle, it can be worthwhile to ask a neighbor to park in your garage for that period of time, which shouldn’t take much time out of their schedule at all – perhaps enough to be rewarded with a box of chocolates upon your return. While one stationary vehicle can look great, a continually arriving vehicle can deter someone who might be scoping your house for a robbery. Of course, if you live in an apartment or you usually park on the street outside, this step might not be necessary.
If you’re not already connected to a local household watch community, it might be worth joining one. Neighborhood watches can often bring up suspicious activity at local meetings, and this can be essentially useful if you live in a relatively small community or village. While this might not work as well in a city-environment suburb, there’s still the potential for someone to deter would-be thieves or call the police if they spy a break-in. This can both work for you if you’re headed on vacation or not. It might simply be that you need to introduce yourself to the neighbors in order to get this started. You never know who you might want to call later at night aside from the police.
Promoting The ‘What-If?’ Mindset
You absolutely want a potential home trespasser to be filled with as much doubt as possible, from the moment they even entertain the idea of your house as a target. A beware of the dog sign conveniently placed can prevent them wanting to hop that fence. A full package that promotes the overall presence of a security system can also ensure they consider your house less than worth it, but be sure to familiarize yourself with more info as far as this is concerned.
The aesthetic of your home can also influence just how it looks to someone on the outside. Does this mean you need to paint your home in spooky skeleton decals with a ‘beware ye who enter’ sign? Not likely, unless you’re into that sort of thing. But privacy fencing, privacy curated bushes, a sturdy looking door and windows, perhaps a peephole, among many other implements can show that you care about protecting your house. A well-organized home shows that you’re pretty sharp and care for the maintenance of your property. To a would be thief, this can seem intimidating.
With these simple tips and the ability to refine your approach over the years, your home is sure to be the least appealing to any would-be home thief, and potentially prevent them even if they try.