It sounds like a cliche, but it’s also true: most burglars will go for the easy target. The average criminal would much rather target a house that is only protected by some cheap locks instead of one that is safe and secure.
The most effective way to prevent theft or other criminal activity occurring in your home is to harden the target. The higher a price someone is going to pay to get into your house, the less likely anyone is going to try. Here are a few suggestions for how to harden your home as a target.
Beef Up Locks and Alarms
One of the easiest ways to harden your home security level is with better locks for your doors and windows. Vulnerable windows can be strengthened with shatter-resistant glass and better locks. Doors can be better secured using a one-inch deadbolt with deeper retention screws.
Also, remember to always lock your doors when you leave the house—even if it’s just for a minute. If you think you need an additional level of security, consider adding a secondary security door to your primary entrances.
Put Up Warning Signs
Make sure you let any potential burglar know what they’re in for if they try and rob your house. If you have a dog, make sure to put up a warning sign, along with a no soliciting/no trespassing warning. However, if you get a guard dog that’s defensive and prone to biting, you’ll want to be careful with them around friends and extended family. Make sure that you’re prepared in the event that your dog bites someone it’s not supposed to. If you’re armed, then a sign letting everyone know that fact will not only prevent some robbery attempts, but it will also help protect you legally.
Add Security Lights and Cameras
Police and other law enforcement agencies recommend lighting up the area around your home. Surrounding your house with security lights, especially if they have a motion sensor, will tell the possible bad guys that if they do try and approach the home, they are going to be seen and identified.
In fact, according to Defenders Home Automation, “security lights help deter break-ins because many intruders feel they would be more likely to be recognized and caught if security lighting were in use.” Something as simple as lighting can go a long way toward protecting your home from would-be invaders.
Consider Secondary Weapon Locations
If you have a firearm in your home for protection, it’s likely located in a safe or quick-open storage box located somewhere in your bedroom. But if you’re not in bed when a home invasion happens, you might find yourself unable to get to the bedroom. Consider staging secondary weapons in secure, hidden spots in several places in the home such as the living room and kitchen.
By following these security suggestions, you’ll be well on your way to hardening your home and making it less likely to be targeted by intruders.
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