Home break-ins can cause financial losses and even emotional trauma. For some, break-ins can evoke a disturbing sense of violation that’s difficult to shake. As such, we want to make sure we do everything we can to prevent it from happening. Luckily, there are a number of preventative measures that you can take to reduce the chances of your home being broken into.
Installing surveillance cameras is probably the first thing that enters your mind. However, there are other things that you can do to make your home more secure. In this blog, we’re going to cover five effective ways of deterring burglars from breaking into your home.
- Having a dog
Your dog might be able to help you beyond just providing loyal companionship. In 2017, the UK insurance company Co-op consulted former burglars about what they perceived as deterrents when choosing a house to break into (via The Guardian) . According to the 12 ex-burglars, having a dog that becomes defensive whenever an unfamiliar face enters your property can be an effective form of security.
Dogs usually have a strong instinct to protect their owners and by extension their property. They will bark at, chase, or even attack those who they perceive as an intruder. Because of this, a big, loud dog is perceived as a threat by many burglars. Even if the dog doesn’t faze the trespasser, its loud barking will end up alerting neighbours, drawing attention to your home. This in itself is enough to put off most offenders.
- Secure the access points
Though this might seem like the most obvious method of deterring burglars, there are a lot of people who fail to implement it.
It’s important to remember that burglars will look for the easiest home to break into. Because of this, it’s a good idea to install secure doors, lockable windows and even a garden gate. Essentially, the more obstacles the robber will have to face to get into your house, the less likely they’ll attempt to break in.
When it comes to access points, there are plenty of tools that you can use to make them more secure. For example, there are now door cameras that you can control via your smartphone. This allows you to monitor your front door while you’re at work or on vacation. Some doors can even be locked or unlocked remotely via an app. In terms of windows, you can get lockable metal plantation shutters to prevent burglars from breaking through them.
- Making it seem like someone is home
To reduce their chances of getting caught, most burglars prefer breaking into houses that are unattended. Therefore, it’s a good idea to make it seem like someone’s at home while you’re away.
One way to do this is to install a smart lighting system that allows you to control your lights remotely. Some smart systems even have a ‘vacation mode’. This is where you can set up the lights to automatically turn on and off at specific times during the day, making it seem to the burglars that someone’s home.
If you’re just leaving the house for a short period of time, you can also just leave the TV on. When the burglars hear or see a TV playing inside the property, they’ll likely have second thoughts about breaking in.
- Motion-activated security lights and sounds
Another way to deter burglars is via motion-activated security features. Motion-activated lights are probably the most popular form of this. They are usually found in driveways, and they turn on whenever there’s movement. So, when a burglar gets close to your home, the lights will immediately turn on, illuminating your driveway, lawn and front door. Most of the time, this is enough to scare the offender away.
Motion-activated lights also have other advantages. For example, when you return home, you won’t have to manually switch on the lights to be able to see and walk up your driveway. Additionally, since they only turn on at specific times, motion-activated lights can also reduce energy consumption.
Some homes also have motion-activated sound alarms. These alarms go off whenever there’s unauthorised movement within your home. Typically, homeowners will have pin-coded doors along with this system.
- Surveillance cameras
Finally, CCTV cameras. The top deterrent for burglars are surveillance cameras. It seems that nothing scares burglars more than the idea of being watched. Even if the offender was so brash as to go through with the robbery anyway, the CCTV cameras will have footage of the entire incident. This footage can be used as a lead to track down the burglar or as evidence in court.
When installing CCTV cameras, make sure to cover all the possible blind spots around your home. Your front door, windows and gates are obvious points of interest. However, it might be a good idea to install cameras to monitor less obvious access points like lower windows, back entrances and so on.
These were just a few pointers to help you make your home more secure. Unfortunately, nothing is going to stop break-ins from happening entirely. However, the tips we’ve discussed above should be able to reduce the risk of it happening. If you need advice on home security, consider consulting a security camera specialist.