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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 burglar:
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 door.
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 your property.
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 property.
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.