You may have noticed that the use of security systems, surveillance cameras, security guards and even ‘under-cover’ security personnel has increased dramatically in malls and even small mom-and-pop and convenience stores. Since these are all businesses that have to be profitable to remain open you pretty much have to figure that the added security is cost effective – that losses due to theft are reduced substantially simply through discouraging the criminals. The first of our home security tips is simple enough though many don’t seem to believe it. Doing something to improve security is worth the effort and cost and discouraging theft is ultimately the most efficient way to do it.
As it keeps getting tougher to rip off businesses, where does the worried thief turn? A lot of them turn to burglary and are out there checking out your home as one of their potential new income sources. Despite the movies there are not all that many highly skilled professional burglars and most are lazy, semi-skilled and primarily looking for an easy target so they can feed their drug habit without putting in much effort or taking much of a risk.
As a sort of burglar’s view approach to home security tips, lets think about what some of the primary features of a good target are. A high probability of items worth stealing is one. These days this probably means almost any house, but being able to see into the house can nail down a target if, for example, high value electronic equipment can be seen from the outside.
Easy access and, particularly, possible windows and doors with blocked visibility are a nice plus. High bushes or shrubs that provide concealment while working on a door or a window make a nice, burglar friendly bonus. An absence of obvious security features such as security cameras, motion sensor lights, security monitoring company window decals or yard signs are also thief attractors. Dogs are not popular with thieves, at least ones in homes they want to rob, so the absence of any indications of a dog can raise a home’s burglar popularity quotient. Interestingly, National Rifle Association membership stickers or signs seem to drop a home’s popularity. The only problem here is that if a robber can be certain the home is empty, then the NRA sign pretty strongly suggest there are weapons inside which are valuable items to steal.
Most of these items are simple to verify without being obvious or doing anything particularly suspicious. Look at your home from this viewpoint and see how it rates as a potential target. Over 80% of homes in the US have no real protection against burglary except insurance. Some simple external items you can do easily can reduce your home’s attractiveness to burglars.. Start by eliminating any concealment provided by bushes and trees. especially near entry points. Next, make certain that valuable and easily portable items such as stereos, TVs, etc., are not visible from the outside. Signs and window decals, whether true or not, reduce your home’s attractiveness to criminals. Motion sensor lights and a dummy security camera are inexpensive and an added negative.
The home security tips discussed here are primarily ones which will make it more likely that a burglar will decide to move on to a different and presumably easier target. So, while these items will offer a level of enhanced home security, you should also consider further steps to make your home more secure and more difficult to break into easily.