If there’s a break-in, you’ll lose much more than a few possessions. A burglary can be emotionally devastating taking away your sense of security and peace of mind while you’re at home.
The good news is, there are many things you can do to prevent theft in your home. Here are some tips to boost your home’s security and keep thieves from targeting your place.
Always appear to be home
Burglars will avoid a property that seems occupied. Give the illusion that someone is home by simulating household activity, even when you’re not there.
- Control lights with automatic timers that imitate the movement of people from room to room.
- Arrange to have your lawn cut or the snow shovelled while you’re away.
- Have all your calls forwarded; some burglars will phone to see if someone’s home before breaking in.
Update locks and reinforce your windows
Make sure all locks are working properly, and replace any that are worn out. Deadbolt locks are more expensive, but they’re well worth the investment. They’re typically more secure because a deadbolt can’t be moved to the ‘open’ position, except by rotating the key.
Burglars can easily climb through windows, so put locks there, too. For added protection, install impact-resistant glass which is very difficult to break.
Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your home if you’re away
If you’re going to be away for longer periods of time, ask a trusted neighbour to pay special attention to your home. Many thieves will stake out a property for several days before breaking in.
One sign that a home may have been empty for a while is mail piling up at the door. Have your neighbour collect your mail and packages, and hold them for you until you return. Thieves are less likely to believe no one’s home if they see that everything is business as usual.