Watching Kevin McCallister from Home Alone deterring burglars from his home is definitely hilarious, yet, you personally would rather avoid all the hustle and bustle. Perhaps if his parents had known about some of these rules, Kevin would not have had so many problems (but neither would we laugh so hard). Still, it’s only funny till it happens to you, so let’s see how you can prevent home invasions from occurring.
Out of sight
Out of sight, out of burglars’ minds. This rule refers to taking care of your belongings which are conveniently put on display in your garden, or right outside your home. Avoid leaving your bike unattended, or a big empty TV box in front of the rubbish. In addition, try not to place any valuable items directly next to the window so that they are quite noticeable from the outside. This way, you are giving the thieves a clear overview of what you have, and making it all seem pretty available to them. Scattered toys or tools in the garden also leave the impression you’re too negligent when it comes to your possessions.
Locks and bolts
The invention of a deadbolt certainly has saved many a home, so we see no reason why you should not follow suit and install them on all of your exterior doors. What is more, always make sure everything is locked when you’re leaving home, even if it is just for a short while. Windows and sliding doors have to be protected as well. Use vertical bolts for the purpose, and have a metal or wooden rod in the sliding door’s track to prevent it from being lifted.
When securing all of your doors and windows, don’t forget about your garage, as a lot of homeowners tend to oversee this fact. For this reason, it’s mandatory that you have a high-quality garage door. In addition, regular garage door maintenance should go without saying. There is a whole list of items which should be inspected every three months to retain the security level at its max. Moreover, turn off the automatic opening option before going away.
By the way, don’t forget to park your car in the garage instead of showing off your latest addition to the whole neighbourhood. An expensive ride can also be seen as a clear invitation.
Keeping it private
Adding privacy films to your exterior windows is a very simple and excellent hack. As your interior won’t be visible from the distance, burglars will be less tempted to come right to your windows or doors. This is especially recommendable if you have young children who are sometimes left on their own.
Nowadays, there is a wide variety of home security systems to choose from, and you should definitely consider installing one of them. In this way, you will be able to monitor your home even when you’re away, and it will not be seen as easy prey.
Of course, in order to inform the potential trespassers on time, there should be some kind of visible notice stating your home is fully secured. In case you can’t afford to install cameras and alarm systems, it may be worth putting a notice anyway, as it is an obvious “stay away” sign.
Love thy neighbor
Even if you’re not much of a people person, you will have to do your best to create a nice rapport with your neighbors, as their help is invaluable when it comes to protecting your home while you’re on holiday.
Apart from checking on your home every now and then, they could also create an illusion of a home which is lived in by doing a few very simple things. They could use your wheelie bin, for instance, or collect the mail (including junk mail, too).
Keeping it low
One more trick which is really useful is decreasing the sound of your doorbell. As you are used to your friend and family calling before coming for a visit, it should be no problem. On the other hand, a doorbell with low ringing sound will leave the potential burglar wondering if you’re out, or you are simply not hearing the bell.
To summarize, there are plenty of ways to keep your home safe, and most of our tips require no money at all. Apply some (or all) of them, and you’ll be feeling much more at ease about your home’s protection.