Posts Tagged ‘Home Security’

Never hide spare keys to your home on your property.  Never use the fake rock, the inside the potted plant, the under the doormat, etc., as hiding places for a spare key as it will allow burglars easy access to your home.  Install solid door and window locks and replace any broken locks.  Keep foliage and shrubbery trimmed to remove a would be burglars hiding place.

Install motion detection lights.  Keep your tool shed locked and keep ladders secured inside your locked shed.  Never leave extra house keys inside your vehicles.  Don’t leave your garage doors open.  Don’t leave expensive items in plain view.  Don’t place empty boxes for valuable items at the curb as it will alert burglars that something new and valuable is now inside your home.

Keep in mind that no matter how calm, rural, suburban, or well off your neighborhood is; being burglarized is still a possibility.  Never open the door without first identifying who is there.  Once a door is opened; even if it is just opened a lttle, it is relatively easy for someone on the other side to force their way in.  Never leave your doors, windows, barns or garages unlocked.

You can get a free preview of my first four post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution.

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Ever wonder how burglars work?  How they scope out  potential homes as a targets?  Then read on for some informative insights.  The key to preventing burglary is to understand how burglars operate.

  • They may have already been openly invited into your home when they delivered your appliances, installed your carpeting, etc.
  • They leave flyers on your door to see how long it takes for you to remove them.
  • They look for newspapers piled up in your driveway.
  • In the winter, they look for snow in your driveway and walkway without the presence of any car or foot tracks.
  • They will try your doors, windows and garages to see if they are unlocked.
  • They will knock on your door posing as someone they are not; if there is no answer they will try and walk in if the door is unlocked.  If you answer the door, they will rush in and try to overpower you.
  • They will break windows to gain access to your home.
  • If your home has a small safe that is not bolted down they will take the safe with them rather than try to open it there.
  • They will check facebook and other social media to see if you have announced your vacation plans, times and dates.
  • They will check your trash to see if you have valuable item boxes at the curb such as a big screen TV box, computer box, etc.
  • They will walk or drive through your neighborhood, looking through your windows, to see what valuables you have in plain view inside.
  • Once inside they will check dresser drawers, bedside tables, medicine cabinets, etc., for valuables to steal.

You can get a free preview of my first three post apocalyptic fiction books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution.

The majority of suburban crimes are considered crimes of opportunity; meaning a criminal comes upon a home or a person that they feel would be easy to rob or victimize and attempts to take advantage of the situation.  Make sure you are diligent about securing your home and are equally diligent about projecting an image of confidence and strength so that you appear to be a hard target to anyone looking to do you harm.

When you and your home are hard targets, criminals will avoid you and your residence and look for easier targets of opportunity.  Strive to keep your home well secured on the interior, exterior and the perimeter and make yourself a person who refuses to be a victim, thus ensuring your personal safety and security.

Home security is something that needs to be taken seriously.  You want your home to be both difficult and undesirable for a criminal.  The following are some recommended actions to take to keep your home safe.

  • Make your home appear as if it is occupied at all times.
  • Valuables should be concealed and well hidden.
  • A large dog that barks when people approach is a good pet to have.
  • Don’t flash cash or jewelry in public.
  • Don’t leave empty TV boxes, computer boxes, etc., at the roadside for trash pickup as it will alert burglars that you have a large dollar new item.
  • Keep windows, front and back doors, sliding doors and garages locked.
  • Remove bushes that can conceal a burglar near your home.
  • Get caller ID.
  • Beware of dishonest workmen, contractors or handyman who may want to do work on your home only to scope it out as a potential burglary target.
  • Do not let mail, newspapers or flyers pile up in front of your door or in your mailbox as this is a potential sign that the house is unoccupied at the present time.
  • If you are out for the day leave $20.00 in cash, in plain view, inside the house by the front door.  If the $20.00 is gone when you return you will know someone has been inside the house.
  • Be situationally aware.
  • Have a plan of action for dealing with intruders/criminals.

Home security comes down to making your home as safe and comfortable as possible for you and your family and as difficult and discouraging as possible for thugs and other criminals to gain access.  The following are some important things to consider when it comes to home security.

  • Don’t flash expensive jewelry or large amounts of cash in public as it becomes a magnet for would be thieves to follow you home.
  • Don’t leave empty boxes for expensive items such as TV’s or computers out at your curb as it will advertise the fact that you have recently acquired a new and expensive item.
  • Keep valuables including cash, jewelry, etc., well hidden.
  • Keep all windows and doors locked; this includes garage doors.
  • Large dogs are an excellent burglar deterrant.
  • Keep thorny bushes trimmed and placed under windows to make it difficult for burglars to hide behind or to gain access through a window.
  • Use caller ID and never give strangers personal information ever.
  • Beware of dishonest workmen who use the opportunity when working on your home to scout it out for potential robbery opportunities.  Do not leave workmen unattended in your home.
  • Train and be proficient with firearms in case they are needed for self defense purposes.
  • Use door jam or door stop bars on exterior doors to prevent doors from being forced open.
  • Do not allow your mail, newspapers or circulars to pile up in your driveway or mailbox as this alerts burglars that no one is home.
  • Keep your cell phone operational, with you and fully charged.
  • Trust your instincts; if you feel as though something is wrong or that danger is lurking trust that instinct.
  • Maintain situational awareness.