Beating the Odds Of a Break-In

breaki-inIf it hasn’t happened already, it’s a safe bet to assume that your home– or the home of someone close to you– will be broken into at some point in time. Think about this for a moment. I ask you to do so, not because I want to instill fear in you and not because I want to put a damper on your day. I’m asking you to pause and think about this statement, because most people refuse to do so and are, therefore, vulnerable to a crime which can be prevented by facing reality and taking action.

Is Your Home a Burglary Candidate?

Do you live in a house, apartment, trailer or condo? Do you rent a room in someone else’s home? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you are a candidate for a break-in. Anyone anywhere can become the victim of a burglary…at any time.

Tips For Avoiding a Break-In

With the reality of your potential burglary out of the way, here are some of the things that you can do right now to keep criminals out of your home and to better secure your family and belongings:

Change your locks – When was the last time you did this? Did you change your locks when you moved in? Do you really know how many people have keys to your home? (TIP: You can avoid ever having to change your locks again in the future by installing one of the keyless entry systems found in our main store.)

Strengthen your barriers – How sturdy is your front door and its frame? Since a lot of burglars simply kick a door in, it is necessary to have a door, frame and jamb that are all able to withstand such force.

Lock your windows – Don’t rely on the manufacturer’s latches for your windows as these can often be pushed out of place or rendered ineffective with other methods of the burglary trade. Instead, use pin locks on all sliding glass doors and windows, and even consider something like the Lock-it Block-it Home Security Burglary Bar for Windows.

Trim your hedges – Burglars love spaces where they can hide in wait or where their activities may be shielded by passersby. All of the hedges around your doors and windows should be low enough to prevent either of these from happening.

Install a two-way video intercom – Burglars have long since figured out that they can be in and out of your home in less time than it takes for the police or someone else to come to your rescue. They’ve also figured out that the element of surprise works in their favor. Who suspects that a criminal will stroll right up to your front door in the middle of the afternoon, ring your doorbell and push right past you? You do! Which is why you should set time aside to install a device like the Samsung Video Door Intercom, which makes it possible for you to see and communicate with whomever is at your front door without having to actually open it yourself.

Change your routines – Burglars pay careful attention to your schedule for their own time-management purposes. Confuse them by changing your routines as often as possible.

Invest in deterrents – We’ve said it a million times, burglars are lazy. Quick, easy, fast and low-risk are the types of jobs they specialize in. Yard signs, window decals, fake cameras and other deterrents are a total buzz kill for them.

Install a home security system – At the very minimum, you should have a burglar alarm with door and window sensors for every possible entrance into your home. Good security lighting and surveillance cameras also help create a strong security system. If you cannot install all of these components at once, start with a good burglar alarm that can be expanded to accommodate other devices and add other ones as soon as possible.

Keep your system armed at all times – Remember, criminals are watching. Sometimes, they are people who know you well enough to know that you don’t always arm your system. Whether you are at home all day every day or whether you are taking a quick jog around the block…keep your system armed and ready to protect you at ALL times.

Take security into your own hands – You police department, neighborhood watch members and private security team cannot watch your home 24/7. Protecting your home is, therefore, ultimately your responsibility. Step up to the plate with DIY home security devices, which allow you to have the best in home security without having to pay inflated costs for equipment, installation and other services (like alarm monitoring).

Go ‘Overboard’

As you become more aware of the need for home security and begin taking steps to better secure your property, friends and family members may think you’re going a bit overboard. Not to worry as this is a good thing. Remember…

“Just because I’m paranoid, it doesn’t mean they’re not out to get us.” – Thomas Pychon (From his book Gravity’s Rainbow)

Hopefully, burglars will also take note. In realizing your focus on home security, any random thief with a lick of sense will view your home as too much of a risk and far too difficult to break into. Most will want to bypass your home in favor of someone else’s home…someone who is not expecting them and who has not gone ‘overboard’ in securing their home.

Ralph Winn

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