A burglar-proof home is an impossible feat. The only thing the modern homeowner can hope to accomplish is to deter the criminal enough that they do not violate your residence. Many companies and individuals can offer home security tips, most notably community organizations and security companies. Some of these tips are highly accurate and very commonly used practices. Some are inefficient and do no good.
Burglars essentially operate under the criteria of two things: stealth and speed. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and most law enforcement agencies, a burglars primary goal is to be able to steal from residence without being seen or caught. The second factor that plays into a burglar’s mind is how fast he or she can commit the crime. If a home does not meet this criteria, the likelihood for a break-in drops by over 90 percent.
The same criteria that prevents a burglar generally will stop stalkers and rapists as well. The longer it takes for a person to enter the home, the more likely it is they will merely walk away. The best way to ensure proper discouragement for a break-in is to add multiple locks and defenses at points of entry. Double-pained windows with secure locks deter a burglar from entering by those methods. Multiple locks on doors and multiple doors can also discourage a would-be robber. A common practice employed by people is to have all the doors tightly secured except for the one in the garage. This will require the burglar to break into the garage first in order to enter the home, a feat most will walk away from.
In addition, noise is one of the starling factors that can make a burglar turn and run. Besides a personal security system with an access code that is monitored by a company, simple devices attached to the door can frighten off the thief. Placing jingling bells or chimes above entry points or on door handles will make noise when used, signaling to occupants that an entry has occurred.
The most important home security tip, however, is to simply attempt to burglarize your home yourself. Have someone tightly secure your home from the inside and then attempt to enter your property. Think like a burglar and determine if there is anything of value easily available to them. Attempt to enter through doors and windows as well as the garage. If you fail to enter the home or attain anything of value, it’s most likely that the burglar will also fail.
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