You may not realize it, but what you’re doing could be giving burglars the green light.
Take a moment right now to look at your home through a burglar’s eyes. Does anything jump out at you as an obvious red flag? Can you identify what makes your home ready for a burglary? Burglars have a checklist in their mind of weaknesses to spot when sizing up homes to invade. The more of the items below you can avoid, the safer you’ll be.
Know the signs that make your home the perfect target. Burglars love to find:
- Open windows, doors and garage doors – Be sure to not only keep windows and doors shut when you’re not home, lock them tightly.
- No clear signs of a security system – A home displaying alarm window stickers or yard signs tells the world your home is secure.
- No padlocks on gates, no window bars and no fences – A property that is not secured invites intruders. Take the proper measures to limit access.
- Lots of darkness – Brighten up your yard with motion-sensing lighting. Focus on illuminating your driveway and front door.
- Plenty of tall shrubs – Keeping your property well landscaped will eliminate easy hiding places.
- High-value items in plain view from the street – Don’t have electronics or fine art easily seen through large windows in the front of your home.
- No barking dogs – Even if you don’t have a dog, putting up a “beware of dog” sign can be a turn-off for burglars.
- Overstuffed mailboxes and a driveway scattered with newspapers – This is one of the first signs that burglars look for. If you’re going to be away, you need to put a hold on your mail and newspaper delivery.
Photo By: Cristiano Betta, May 6, 2015 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.