6 Signs Your Home Is a Target for Intruders
Your home should be a bastion of peace; the one place where you can sit back and relax without being cautious about your appearance. Here, you can be yourself without having to justify everything you say or do. Your home should be a haven of peace, comfort and security for your family. Of all the places you spend time in, your abode, however humble it may be, should be the safest, securest place on earth.
However, this safety and security cannot be guaranteed, neither should it be taken for granted. You see, there are people in this world (let us call them intruders) who want to enter your home uninvited. Whether you call them thieves, robbers or burglars, their intention is the same: to disrupt the peace and harmony in your home.
Intruders, however, do their homework. They target homes with security loopholes since these are easy targets. To avoid falling prey to these intruders, be on the lookout for the following signs:
1. You Don’t Have a Deadbolt
Since burglars move swiftly, anything that slows them down is a deterrent. One way of doing this is using a deadbolt, which takes longer to disarm. At the minimum, install a deadbolt or its equivalent on your front door, and all other exterior doors where intruders are likely to access your home through.
2. You Keep Windows Open
After failing to enter your home through the front door or any of the exterior doors, your ground floor windows are an intruder’s next target. Leaving them open at night or when there’s no one around makes the burglar’s work very easy. If you are asleep or away, tightly shut your ground floor windows. While the upper floor windows can be slightly open, they should appear closed from a distance. All depends on how accessible your second-floor windows are.
3. You Are Too Reclusive
While your home should be where you retreat after a day’s work, away from the hustle and bustle of life, if it is in an open area in the middle of nowhere, you are exposed to all manner of intrusions. To secure your home, get a locksmith to assess your property and recommend security enhancements.
4. Careless Disposal of Packing Materials
Besides cash and jewellery, electronics are a burglar’s next favourite. For this reason, discreetly get rid of your electronic packaging to avoid advertising yourself to all and sundry. Avoid the temptation to drop your electronics’ packaging on the curb for pick up.
5. You Leave Your Door Unlocked
Most people think that burglaries happen at night. However, a majority of break-ins occur between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm when most people are away working. Intruders have become more sophisticated. They show up at your door as salespeople or delivery. This gives them an opportunity to show up at your front door for a closer look. If they find it open and you are not around, they can just walk in and pick whatever they want. Do not just lock your house at night only. Lock it at all times during the day as well.
6. Posting Photos While You Are on Vacation
There is no better invitation to an intruder than to advertise the fact that you are thousands of miles away on vacation. It is like telling a would-be intruder: “come on in; I am not at home”. Intruders depend on social media for clues on where to hit next. They especially roll on the floor laughing when you broadcast where you are planning to visit and how long you will be away. While it is important to capture and create memories while you are on vacation, wait until you return home to share them.
There are many other signs that could make your home an easy target for intruders. These include failure to arm your alarm system during the day and neglecting to change locks after moving into a new house. You may not succeed in keeping intruders away, but you can make it extremely difficult for them to access your home.