Top 20 Ways to Protect Your Family and Home from Burglars

With the economy how it is, burglaries are on the rise.

SNR940-Detail-PropertyThis means that you, your family and your home could be at risk. It’s best to be prepared and these survivalist tips are going to help protect your family and home from burglars.

Here are 20 good tips to help protect your family and home from burglars.

  1. Never open your door to a stranger.
    This may seem like common sense, but we sometimes forget. We are no longer in the days where we could leave our doors open and let strangers in our house. Make sure your children do the same and be sure you know who it is on the other side of the door before you let them in.
  2. Always leave a light or two on when you leave your house at night.
    What do you think when you see lights on in a house? You tend to think that a person is home, and the same happens when other people see your home with its lights on. If you’re gone for consecutive days, plug a lamp or two into a timer so that the lights come on at night and go off in the morning.
  3. Always lock your windows, even if leaving home for a few minutes.
    Always lock your windows. You might think that an open window is just a way of letting in fresh air, but to a burglar it is an open invitation to come into your house.
  4. Close your blinds or drapes at night.
    Houses with open blinds or drapes is like an open fishbowl, it exposes its contents to every passerby. Protect yourself from this by closing your blinds.
  5. Always arm your alarm system if you have one, even when you’re at home.
  6. Burglars don’t look like thieves.
    One common problem is that people think burglars will look like thieves. The truth is that most burglars are advanced and will carry clipboards to look like official employees of a service company so always be on the lookout for impostors. If you don’t have a meeting or an appointment, be sure to notify the police.
  7. Form a neighborhood watch committee because even the sign may deter some burglars. Get to know your neighbors and report any unusual activity to the police.
  8. Loud dogs and nosy neighbors serve as great deterrents against criminals.
  9. Don’t leave a spare key to your home in any conspicuous place, like under a planter or doormat or above the doorframe. These are all places a burglar checks first. You probably know many people who do this and it’s not smart to do.
  10. Make sure flat screen TV’s can’t be seen from a major window.
    TV’s are popular among thieves. They’re light to carry and quick to grab so keep them out of view.
  11. Don’t leave toys outside.
    Toys can be stolen, leaving your children to be upset and they also signal burglars that you may have nicer toys inside.

    Always remember to put your kids toys away and teach your kids responsibility of putting things away when they’re done with them.

  12. Wasp spray is better than pepper spray because it can shoot up to 20 feet away and is more accurate.
  13. Don’t leave a note telling people that you are not home.
    Imagine what a thief would think if they go to your front door to see a note stating you aren’t home…
  14. Store valuables in a kid’s room.
    Burglars tend to open up the drawers in parents rooms and look through each of the drawers. However these burglars don’t often go into kids rooms because who would leave their valuables in a kids room? That’s right, you will… because you’re prepared.
  15. Bolt safes to the ground. A burglar won’t have time to break into a safe, but he can certainly take it with him.
  16. When on vacation, don’t allow newspapers to pile up in the driveway.
    Have friends or family members pick up your mail/newspapers and redirect your mail to prevent burglars from seeing you are out of town.
  17. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real TV. Find it at faketv.com.
  18. If it snows while you’re on vacation, ask a neighbor to walk across the lawn or driveway.
    If there are no tracks in the snow that means no one has been home and is a signal to burglars.
  19. Do not announce your vacation on Facebook. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
  20. Always lock your door. Locking your door is one of the simplest steps you can take to protect your house. Often times burglars will move to the next house if you have a good quality deadbolt on each door.

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