Put those car keys on your night stand before you go to sleep. It’s a security alarm system that you most likely have and requires absolutely no installation. If needed, press the panic alarm button on that car key chain. Yes, it will draw attention. Remember to press the panic alarm button again to turn the unit off.

A basic lamp from your local home improvement center placed on your front porch goes on at dusk and off at dawn with its daylight sensor. Also a way of warding off prowlers. Even a small dusk-to-dawn night light on the front and back porch will act as a deterrent.

 

Cell phones today have cameras and video cameras built into the unit that can be used for recording suspicious activity in addition to being used for calling 911. This is a very powerful device if you take the time to learn about the features.

 

Illegal entry through the front door occurs more often than all other points of entry combined! Burglars actually break windows as a last resort - or by accident.

 

Did you know?  The average burglar will spend no more than four to five minutes trying to break into a residence.

 

Burglars typically steer clear of homes that are occupied. That’s why it’s important to set lights on timers and leave a radio or TV on when you leave the house (and raise the volume so it can be heard outside). Make sure your timers have a random option that will turn lights on at different times on different days, making it harder for a burglar to detect an obvious pattern.

 

Lower the sound of your telephone ringer and answering machine so that they cannot be heard outside.

 

If you are at home working outside, leave all other doors that are out of sight locked.

 

Good outside lighting is one of the greatest deterrents to crime.

 

Install motion detector lights around your house instead of just leaving lights on at night. The lights coming on and turning off attract the attention of neighbors. Install these lights at least 8 feet above the ground so they are more difficult to disable.

 

Install the motion detector lights so they light all doors and windows. Doors are the preferred entry point and should be the first location to illuminate, followed by windows. 

 

You can optionally mount floodlights or spotlights on the corner of your house to flood the walls in all directions. Such lights are highly effective in reducing break-ins.

Have someone cut and water your lawn while you are gone during the lawn growing season. This could be a precaution that could be well worth the cost. Always maintain that lived-in look.

 

Sliding glass doors offer an inviting entryway for burglars. Place a simple piece of 1x2 or a steel rod into the door channel so the door cannot be opened from the outside.

 

One-way viewers allow you to observe any caller before you open the door. Various types of one-way viewers are available. Also install a viewer in the door separating the house from the garage. If you hear suspicious sounds, you can check without opening any door. Additionally, consider a deadbolt lock on that door going to the garage.

Examine the locks in your home very carefully. If they are old, worn or fail to give the needed protection, install new or additional locks. It is well worth your cost, time and effort.

Various types of battery-operated door alarms are now available and can be installed on any ordinary door. Battery-operated door alarms operate on one single principle: When the door is opened or forced, the alarm goes off. The noise will awaken you and will likely scare off a burglar.

 

If you install a battery-operated door alarm, get a good-quality one that will work for a long period of time. Keep strong batteries in the alarm so it will always function properly.

A dog is one of the best deterrents. It really doesn’t need to be seen – just heard. A dog with an alarming bark will scare away a lot of would-be burglars. Regardless of the size, a noisy dog will create a disturbance and will get attention - the last thing a burglar wants!

 

If you don't have a dog there's nothing wrong with making believe you do. A “Beware of Dog” sign on your fence, an empty dog house in the back yard, a loose dog chain or big bowl in the driveway can discourage a potential burglar.

 

Are you concerned about someone entering your house through your attached garage during a longer absence? If the garage door lifts on a track, a C-clamp can provide extra security since the door cannot be opened if you tighten the C-clamp on the track next to the roller.

Remove all personal identification from your key ring. If you believe someone has stolen your house keys, have your locks changed immediately.

 

And don’t forget - a professional thief knows all the obvious hiding places – a freezer, under the mattress or in a cookie jar. Avoid hiding your valuables in these common hiding locations.

 

Closing the garage door and having curtains or blinds on the garage windows also hides some of your belongings especially those who store power equipment in the garage.

 

If you are going to be gone for an extended period, fill out the blue card that requests Fairfield Harbour Security to check your home periodically.

 

For whatever reason, if a professional burglar has selected your home to break into, they may very well be successful. To help law enforcement and insurance companies, you should maintain a current list of your valuables.

 

Electronic equipment will be on top of the desired list for burglars. This would include: TV, lap-top, iPod, DVD player, electronic games, etc. Consider marking important items with a unique identifying mark. You can actually rent engraving machines for this purpose.

 

Also, if you own a video camera record the contents of each room. Take individual photographs of important and valuable items.

 

Most stolen items are “fenced” for their cash value. Items with unique identification are much more difficult to fence. Their street value is reduced significantly just because they’re traceable. They become extremely difficult for the theft to unload.

 

Finally, walk around your property with a friend or neighbor and decide how you or your friend would break into your home. You can never make your home intruder-free but you can reduce your risk of a break-in significantly. Make sure your home is not a bugler’s first choice; make it a real challenge for the thief.

 

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