7 Tips to Keeping Burglars and Home Invaders Away...
Your home is your castle. Whether you're at home or away from home, you expect that your possessions will remain safe in the home.
However, there are plenty of people who believe that what you have should be theirs too. There are those that might impulsively decide to steal from your home, and there are those that make a living taking things that don't belong to them from those who have not done everything possible to protect themselves.
The truth is that you can never be totally and completely safe from falling victim to burglary and theft. That is, after all, why you pay a premium for homeowner's insurance...or renter's insurance if you don't own the home that you reside in.
But there are ways that make it much more difficult for home invaders to do what they want to do. There are ways to stifle a burglary before it happens. This will save you much heartache and headache of course from having those things that are valuable to you end up in the hands of someone that they don't belong to.
Of course even more important than material possessions are the lives and well-being of your loved ones.
We want to help you NOT become a victim of this terrible type of crime, so we're giving you...
No matter what you think about how safe your area or neighborhood might be, always lock your doors and windows even when you're in the home. If an intruder is able to just walk into your home, you may not have a payable claim on your hands. Nearly all insurance companies will require there to have been “forced entry,” before they pay out on a claim.
By leaving your home unlocked you're basically inviting burglars and invaders into your home. This one little simple step can deter an offender and save you from a ton of loss, and possibly physical harm.
One of the things that the persistent bad guy will do is simply kick in your door. They'll kick your door in, break the lock, and run in and grab as many valuables as they can find. Using deadbolts instead of factory locks and chain locks is a great tool to stymy this type of burglary.
To keep you and your family safe while inside, always lock the deadbolt as well as utilize a security doorjamb tool so that nobody can get in if they do decide to kick the door down. (Hint: Talk to your home insurance agent about this and there may be a premium discount waiting for you with this one)...
To take it another step further, motion lights that go on automatically when someone walks by are even better. While there are dark moments, they actually make people that live near and around your home notice when they go on. This is not something that the people who want to rob your home don't already know.
For the most part, burglars and home invaders are cowards. They're looking to sneak in and sneak out without any trouble. Therefore if they here the sound of a dog, they're very likely going to keep going to the next house. They won't want to tangle with Fido.
Don't forget the “Beware of Dog” stickers as well. These combined with a barking dog can be plenty to make a person second guess messing with your home. If you don’t have a dog and don’t have any plans to buy one in the future, having “Beware of Dog” stickers on your doors can still help turn away would-be criminals.
Like the “Beware of Dog” sign, being sure to utilize the stickers that the alarm company gives you to alert potential robbers that you have an alarm system may be the biggest deterrent of all. Use them. This is not the time for surprises, it's time to prevent a home invasion.
At the very least get a hold of some of those stickers whether you have an alarm or not.
The bad guys/gals often like to do some surveillance and stake out your home before they decide to act. They may be looking for patterns or even good reasons to steal from you. In other words, they're wondering if you have anything worth the risk to them.
There's no harm in reporting suspicious activity in your neighborhood, even if it turns out to be nothing. You're not only protecting yourself, you're protecting your neighbors as well.
Call the police, let them know what you see so that they can be on the lookout themselves. They'll be glad for the tip, and you may prevent something tragic from happening to you or your neighbors.
You'll constantly see people announcing vacations and weekend getaways, or letting the world know how mad they are that they have to work an unexpected double shift at work. This is a recipe for disaster. You're basically telling burglars “Go on in, I won't be there to bother you.”
Sure, your Facebook “friends” might be people that you actually know and trust. But would you risk all of your worldly possessions on the assumption that none of those people want to do you harm, or tip off someone else that they know to gladly do the dirty work for them?
So there you have it. The more of the above steps that you take to prevent a burglary, the less likely you're gong to be faced with a crisis. Do what you can now and make it a goal to get the rest done as soon as possible, and always by aware.