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Do you have any idea how you can stop people from breaking into your home?
It’s really important because when you wake up one morning and you don’t have any possessions left, it’s going to impact you in a big way. It’s not only the fact that you’ve lost things that were so important to you, but knowing you’re not safe inside your own home is a lot worse. The best thing you can do is educate yourself on how you can prevent anything bad from happening in the first place.
An easy way you can do that is by trying to get inside the mind of a burglar. What is going through their head when they decide to break into a house and steal everything? What tactics do they use to minimize the risk of being caught? If you know everything they do, it means you can work out ways to stop it from happening. You can turn your home into a fortress and stop your life from being destroyed.
Let’s look at everything they are thinking and then do something about it.
1. Are you around?
When you are nowhere to be seen, it’s obviously a lot easier for someone to break in and take everything. You can’t stop anyone from coming in while you’re in bed, but this is unlikely most of the times and it usually happens when you are out.
Don’t highlight the fact that you’re going away on vacation or you’re taking the family out for a nice meal. You never know when someone is watching what you post on Facebook, or when they’re behind you at the supermarket as you speak to the cashier.
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2. Are you an obvious target?
You can stop yourself from being an easy target by using some common sense. If your lights are out and there is no noise inside your living room, it’s unlikely that you are in. If you just kept your lights or at least one of them on, the thief wouldn’t even try to listen out for the TV.
Also, when newspapers are scattered next to your front door, they will know you won’t have been home for days. It’s little details like this that burglars look out for and if you’re careless you might be robbed.
3. Can they remain hidden?
How easy would it be for someone to walk up to your window without anyone noticing them?
When you have lots of bushes and trees in your garden, you can’t expect to see and notice them sneaking around outside. Nobody has to be a ninja to get close enough to look inside your window. If they look in and the room is completely empty, they have just been given a green light. You can prevent this from happening by trimming down greenry regularly in your garden.
4. Have they been there before?
Some burglars don’t just break into any house – because they’re are too scared of the unknown. Instead, they feel safe breaking into a house they have been in before. You’re probably wondering how on earth that could happen but there is no reason to say your painter or electrician won’t be the one to strike. They will know the layout of the place and they will even know whether or not you have an alarm. However, please don’t start mistrusting all of these hardworking guys; a quick background check would do.
5. Is there any security equipment?
You will be safer if you have security equipment. That statement is obvious and if you have an alarm it’s going to be loud if anyone breaks in, but you can also deter would-be burglars by showing them that your home is a lot harder to break into than the one down the street. If you have an alarm, you should tell them by putting up a sign. Hang motion detecting lights and nobody will get a few feet inside your garden before the place lights up like a Christmas evening.
Jack Hobbs is a security officer at a private security agency. A regular blogger, he constantly advises people on security matters in his articles. He suggests people to install a residential surveillance system to ensure better security.