Home invasion crimes are a serious offense, and each year millions of families throughout the United States will experience some form of break-in burglary. Your San Antonio neighborhood is not immune to this type of crime. We want to make sure that you learn a few, short steps that go a long way to protecting your property. Taking several simple preemptive precautions can make a big impact on the overall security of your home and family. Read on for our suggestions.
Having the ability to conceal what’s in your home will help tremendously against becoming a target for burglary. It’s clear that burglars prospect homes based on the valuables they know of, or the view from outside which can suggest the goods within. We don’t suggest that you become insistent that people mind their own business, but you should be mindful of what people can see inside your home.
This is especially true if you live on a lower level or in a densely populated neighborhood where privacy is harder to come by. You can do this with window and door shades. During the day, shades can be raised to allow natural sunlight in and during times it’s practically impossible to see inside a building without actually being inside.
Improving your door and window locks may seem obvious, but it can’t be overstated. Most forcible-entry thefts are done not only at the front door of unsuspecting houses but by simply kicking in the weakest part of wooden doors that have simple, basic lock mechanisms. These are more common then you might expect, so check your doors and see how well manufactured your locks are.
You can reinforce these areas with dead bolts and improved locking mechanisms at your local San Antonio hardware store. What you are looking for are steel components that require at least four screws to stabilize the locking mechanism in.
Find an advanced lighting system whose timing changes. More importantly is the option that it turn off and on while you’re not there. When you combine this with the availability of shaded windows and doors, it becomes a challenge to tell what’s going on inside or who’s there. The idea is that you avoid patterns that can be observed and remembered.
Studies show that burglars learn what they can about a prospect they have. They usually enter areas they are sure of, and when you add timed lights, that go on and off to different time cycles, you’ll have an upper hand to ensuring a burglar doesn’t consider your home an easy target.
One of the oldest ways of securing your home from becoming a prospect to a thief is by hiding it from plain sight. You see, it’s easy for a person to drive down your street, watch and observe what’s happening on your property if you have nothing to obscure it from public view.
There are shortcuts to this advantage. You can do it with a bit of beautiful yet useful greenery. When you have various plants, trees and shrubbery planted, you create an obstacle to a clear line of sight. It can simply be the lack of information that a burglar has which deters them from planning a heist.
Take Offs and Landings
This may seem like a challenge at first, but you certainly want to take this into consideration. In simpler terms, keep your plans and activities to yourself. Everyone in the neighborhood doesn’t need to know that you’re leaving or when. You also don’t need to pile your luggage and belongings outside in broad daylight as you pack.
It may even help to pack your car while it’s in the garage or take your luggage over time to work and depart from there. No matter what you do, just be mindful of the fact that people can be watching, and if they know you’re apparently going on a long vacation, you may become a victim.