When burglars are selecting a house to break in, they weigh the pros and cons. They balance the value of the potential haul against the risk of getting caught. Generally no one wants to be caught, prosecuted and punished for home burglaries. Thieves seek to steal valuables from homes and cars with the least hassle, so it is up to homeowners to put up as many barriers as possible to increase their personal and home security.
The first sign to potential burglars that a home is a tough target is a sign of a reputable security company in the yard. This tells potential thieves that the home is protected with a monitored security system and if they come in uninvited, there will be a lot of noise and lights to announce their presence, but more importantly, police are being notified immediately. Thieves know which security companies employ an alarm system delay, so pick a residential security system that is known for no-delay alarms.
Butler Durrell installs residential security systems with no delay and an exterior flashing light to alert police, neighbors and residents arriving home when the security system is triggered.
Video cameras on your property to enhance security are known deterrents of crime. Security cameras set up record events on and around your property provide evidence that can help in identifying people in your space, whether they are welcome, or not. Since crooks do not want to be identified, they commonly flee when they see video cameras are recording them.
Get video cameras professionally installed at your home and you can even view live streaming video using your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Additional Steps to Prevent Home Burglaries
- Keep doors and windows locked, even when you are home
- Keep car doors locked
- Illuminate the exterior of your home with motion activated lights. This helps you to see well when you arrive home and it also shines light on burglars who want to remain hidden in the dark.
- If you are away frequently, keep interior lights on a timer to appear someone is home.
Participate in neighborhood watch programs that keep neighbors looking out for neighbors. Know what is normal in your neighborhood and be alert for unusual activities and noises. Stay in contact with your neighbors and if they don’t know about unusual activity at their home, contact police to investigate. Ask neighbors to do the same for you, but keep them informed if someone (such as a repair person or guests) will be at your home while you are away.
- Keep tools that could be used to break in locked inside your home. Burglars often use tools they find on the property to gain access inside (shovels, ladders, axes, crowbars)
- Do not leave a key hidden outside. Experiences home burglars know the common hiding places better than we do. Leave a key with a trusted neighbor in the event you are locked out.