It is very important to take the steps to make your property
secure. Remember the old adage, "Your home is your castle.”
Adequate security can prevent thieves from being tempted to
target your house. Burglars look for opportunities and by removing easy opportunities;
you remove yourself from becoming a prospective victim.
For example: Simply displaying home security decals on your
front windows can reduce your chance of being burglarized by 76%, according to
the FBI. What an easy way to deter a
thief. There are community officers in
most police stations that will come to your home and teach you how to make your
property more secure. Call your local
department to find out if they offer this service.
In addition, always have SABRE Home Defense Sprays in many
accessible locations throughout the house to use in case of an intruder.
Follow these easy tips so your house becomes a bad choice for a
The first step is to walk around the outside of your property
and make a note of everything that needs to be corrected.
Make a CLEAR Path...
Remove any plants or shrubs that obscure the entrance to your
home. Make sure you can see your door clearly from the street. Officers who
patrol your neighborhood need to be able to view your property from their cars.
Plants that screen the entrance of your home make it possible for robbers to
break in without being seen. Hedges or bushes around your house make perfect
hiding places for criminals. The back of
the house should be clear, as well. If
you have a separate garage, keep the path clear from the garage to the back
Use Landscaping as Safety Tool...
Plant thorny bushes, such as roses or bougainvillea, under
windows and along fences; this puts someone trying to “break and enter” in a
“stick-y” situation. It also deters an intruder from hopping the fence onto
If you have a fence on the side of the house that leads to the
rear of the property, make sure there is a secure latch on the gate door. For
night protection or added security, place a padlock on the inside of the gate
latch. Make sure to have a lock on your mailbox, as well (refer to my chapter
on stalking for more information).
Clean Up After Yourself...
If you have been doing a little fixing up around the house,
make sure to put all ladders and tools away when you’re finished. A ladder leaning against a house or a tool
left by a window is quite helpful to the burglar trying to enter your home.
Sensor lights are an essential part of the exterior of your
home. Not only are they helpful when you
come home at night, but if someone is lurking on your property, nothing shocks
them more than a light popping on and blowing their cover. Sensor lights can be found at any hardware or
lighting store. They come in various
sizes, ranges of distance and are easy to install. Make sure they are installed
in the front, back and sides of your home to detect movement all around the
Solid Deadbolts and Locks...
Make sure that all of your locks are deadbolts. Make sure the
bolt extends at least one inch and is made of steel. If you have French doors,
use a key as opposed to a knob lock on the inside, but make sure to have the
key handy in case of fire or other emergency. DO NOT leave the key in the lock.
The glass should be double-paned, as well.
Opt for the Rock...
Do Not hide an extra key under the doormat, in the mailbox or
under the flowerpot. Thieves (along with the rest of the world), know that
those are the most common places to hide a key. Opt for a “hide-a-rock”* that blends in with the yard, or another (not
so obvious) location.