Every home should have a good security system. One that has an alarm in case an intruder gets into the house. It’s even better if the alarm signals the police that there is a break-in occurring and they can come without anybody needing to call 911.
A security system can’t do everything though. It’s not really going to prevent an intruder from getting into the house. Since prevention is the best medicine then there are other things that you should be doing to stop a would-be thief from even wanting to try to get into your home.
In this article, I will give you some ideas on how to make sure that your home is protected in the best way possible.
Remove the weak links
What are weak links? They are points of entry that are easy to exploit for a thief or intruder. They are the spots that make it easy to gain entry into your house or other structures on your property.
For instance, an air conditioner in a window is very easy to push in and get inside the house. Some people put a piece of wood on it to make it harder to move it, but this is not sufficient. You shouldn’t have a piece of wood be the only thing that separates a thief from the inside of your home.
Instead, get a Daikin air conditioning unit that uses a ductless system so you don’t have to place a box unit in the window. This means all of your windows can be closed and locked and allow your security system to do its thing.
You should also get rid of any pet doors that allow your pets to enter and leave as they please. Sure, they are convenient but they also leave easy access to a thief. You’ll have to be more proactive in letting the pets out yourself but you’ll be happy that you did.
Keep it lit
Lurkers don’t like lights. If you have some lights around the perimeter of your home then it will expose anybody that is trying to get in. Passersby could see them so this disincentivizes anybody from wanting to take a chance at being spotted.
Floodlights are good at the edge of the house, or around some of the other structures in your yard that a person might want to break into. Sheds are easy targets so they should also be lit up.
Have somebody collect your mail
An overstuffed mailbox is a signal to thieves that there is nobody home. They may not care if you have a security system in place if they know they have a few minutes to grab what they can before the police arrive.
Make sure to ask a neighbor to collect your mail if you are away for more than a few days. If you don’t know your neighbors well enough then put a hold on your mail from the post office directly and then collect it when you get back.