There is nothing more frustrating than becoming the victim of a burglary. It is especially agonizing when you find out later that no other homes on your street were hit. You may begin to wonder if it was an inside job, or if it was something about your house that a robber just couldn’t pass up.
I’ve heard it a thousand times from homeowners that they say the “don’t need no stinking alarm because they are home all the time”. Well, statistically speaking, burglars prefer to rob a home that is unoccupied, so anything you can do to make your home appear lived in will lessen your chances of being burglarized.
Do what you can to minimize the chances. Don’t look vulnerable by leaving your overhead garage door open all day long. With all due respect, it’s not 1952 anymore. Burglars may see that as a sign of weakness. If you are a do it yourself type of person it won’t hurt to install flood lights or exterior motion lights.
In most cases, burglars don’t want to waste time. Most of them are smash and grab. There are many things you can do to make his or her task as difficult as possible. In addition to getting an alarm system installed (one that is monitored 24 hours a day) you can install deadbolt locks, and place a 2 x 4 in the track of the patio door so that even if they get the door unlocked, it won’t open. A barking dog, no matter the size, also helps to discourage break ins. But unfortunately once a burglar is inside, the pets can’t call the police. Burglars have been known to bribe pets by throwing them a juicy rib eye steak. In some extreme cases, burglars have even been known to poison or even shoot dogs if it seems to be a threat.
The top things stolen out of homes are money, jewelry, electronics, silver, gold, and guns. That’s right guns. There are even special contacts for gun safes and gun cabinets. To learn more read this blog.
If anyone has any tips they’d like to share here on how to burglar proof your home please do so.
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