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The most obvious tip to prevent burglary is getting a home security system, but if that is not an option, at least getting a sign that says you have one may be a good idea. As far as a thief is concerned, you have a system in place, and he is likely to move onto a home that does not have such protection.
Take a good look at the outside area of your home and see if there are any elements that would provide cover to a thief walking onto your property and attempting to enter your home. Trim any bushes and trees that may be obstructing the view of your front door. Consider installing motion-sensor lights. If the streetlights go out near your home, contact the appropriate entity to fix it immediately.
A thief is getting into your home one of two ways—through a door or window. Therefore, making the effort to fortify them makes good sense if you are hoping to deter theft Solid core doors with a deadlock are a good choice. You can find a great variety of quality locks online specifically designed for residential property. Windows with grills or shutters are harder to break into; look into lockable security screens.
Don’t advertise all your nice possessions to would-be thieves. If you recently purchase a big-ticket item, break up the packaging before you put it out front for garbage pick- up or recycling. And don’t forget about even small things like a wallet or iPod—leaving it on the hall table which is easily visible from your window, can be just as tempting.
If a burglar thinks that there is a slight chance that someone is home, the odds are good they are moving on to another target. Noise is a good deterrent. Leave the radio on while you are out so if someone were to approach your home, it would seem like someone is home.
Garages and garden sheds are full of tools thieves can use to gain entry into your home. Any good theft-deterrent plan will include provisions for keeping these areas secure. Keyed locks and motion-detection lights are a good idea.
If your keypad entry device is looking a bit worn, replace it. After extensive use, the combination of numbers and letters you use may be visible, and thieves now have some solid info to work with in figuring out the code. Change up your code every so often to prevent wearing down certain keys.
About the Author:Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who blogs about a variety of topics related to the home, from security issues to interior design.
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