Protecting Your Family From Burglars

Being burgled is awful, I wouldn’t wish it on anybody. It can leave you feeling vulnerable and afraid in your home, not to mention the financial cost of replacing everything that is taken. We all think that it will never happen to us, but burglaries are a lot more common than you might think. According to the department of justice, a home is burgled every fifteen seconds. Even if you live in a relatively safe area, you are still at risk. You might be getting a bit worried at this point, but there are ways that you can protect your home and your family from burglars. 

The Garden

The garden is the first port of call for a burglar when they are sizing up your home. If they can’t get anywhere near the house in the first place, they are unlikely to attempt a robbery. Making it difficult for them to get into the garden is a good way to deter potential burglars. Here are a few ways that you can make the perimeter of your property less attractive to criminals.

  • A good chain link fence: durable, resistant, and fairly cheap to install. 
  • Bushes and shrubs: keep them trimmed so burglars cannot use them to hide behind.
  • Security lights: immediately scare off any intruders by bringing attention to them. 
  • Garbage: make sure that you don’t leave packages for expensive purchases, or anything else that might be worth stealing, on display. 

If you are thorough enough when protecting your garden, then any unsavory types won’t make it near the house. However, criminals are very intelligent these days, so there is still a chance that they might find a way around it. 

The House

Regardless of your efforts in the garden, some professional burglars will still find a way to get to your house, but you can still stop them in their tracks. Reinforcing the security in your home will get rid of anybody that might be trying to rob you because they usually tend to go for easy targets. These are the key areas you should be focusing on.

Blinds and curtains: keep them closed when you are out of the house so people cannot see inside. Also, make sure that none of your valuables are in clear view. 

  • Entry points: This covers anywhere that burglars might be able to gain access to your home, particularly on the ground floor. Install deadbolts on all of the doors, and put reinforced glass over any windows that can be easily broken. 
  • Lights: it is a good idea to leave a light on in the house, to give the impression that somebody is home. If you are away on holiday, you can install timers that will turn lights on and off at set intervals. That way, if anybody is watching the house, they won’t realize that it has been left unattended.
  • Alarms: it is vital that you install a burglar alarm. Just seeing one on the side of the house will usually be enough to stop any attempts at breaking in. 

While all of these things will help you to protect your home from burglary, they cannot guarantee one hundred percent that you will never be broken into. If the worst does happen, you need to make sure that you have home insurance to cover the costs of anything that you might lose. 

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