4 tips to deter burglars

January 29, 2015

It's not a pleasant topic to think about, but the reality is that just about anyone can be the victim of a burglary. According to SafeWise, four home robberies happen every minute, and the average loss is more than $2,000. These statistics show why it's so important for homeowners to take proper security measures around their property. Whether you're going away on vacation or simply want to protect your home while you're at work, here are four ways that you can send burglars running in the opposite direction.

1. Install an alarm system
The most obvious way to keep unwanted prowlers out of your home is with an alarm system. SafeSoundFamily explained that you should work with a home security vendor with a track record for quick response times. The sooner the police arrive on the scene, the better their chances of catching the crook. 

2. Get motion-activated lights
Another way to deter burglars is to keep your property well-lit. However, it might be expensive to have lights on all the time, so think about installing motion activated lights. Not only will this be helpful when you come home late at night, it will also startle many robbers and make them rethink their plans. These lights are most beneficial when they're located around the main doors to your home.

3. Use your garage
Many times homeowners end up using their garages as an extra storage space for furniture, boxes and gardening supplies. However, they might neglect to store one important item in the area: their cars. A Secure Life noted that robbers are much less likely to ransack your vehicle if it's kept enclosed. Take some time to clean the mess out of your garage and make room for your cars.

4. Purchase strong doors and locks
Around one-third of intruders enter a home by kicking in a door or breaking the lock. You might be surprised at how easy it is to break down an old or poor-quality door. Purchase solid wooden doors for your home, and install secondary locks if the door has a window. This way, burglars aren't able to simply unlock your home from the outside. You'll also want strong locks on first-floor windows. Be sure to explain to your family the importance of keeping all entry points locked.

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.