We all know that getting robbed can be a scary thing, and it can be a bit of a hassle too because not only will you realize that you’ve lost your assets, but also that you’ll have to shell quite a lot to replace everything that was stolen. Which is why today, we’re going to help you make sure that you’ll be able to think ahead of thieves trying to rob your home and keep you, your family, and your personal belongings safe.
1. Make sure to keep all possible entrances locked
This is pretty much a given, but just to make sure, we’re leaving this gentle reminder to lock your doors, windows, or any other possible access points a burglar might try to use to enter your home, as some people tend to forget about this simple step when leaving their house unattended. In fact, studies show that this is the most common method of how burglars can enter your home. Because of this, double check everything, and if you possibly find that some of your doors or windows won’t lock, get a 24 hour locksmith on them ASAP.
2. Have a well-lit home exterior
It’s been proven that burglars will less likely attempt a robbery if they see that the house can be seen in plain sight. Of course, they wouldn’t want to be seen when they enter inside. What would the neighbours think when they see a strange man enter a house late at night, right? Which is why as a homeowner, it would be wise for you to install some landscape and security lighting. A bit pricey, but if it prevents from losing everything else, it’s worth it.
3. Keep an appliance on, if you can
Leaving an appliance on will make the people outside think that someone’s at home, when you’re actually not. Think about it, would a burglar have the guts to try and rob you knowing you’re wide awake in your home? It not guarantees that they’ll be caught in the act, but they’ll also be making a fool out of themselves. I think it’s fair to say that they’d still have some form of dignity in them not to embarrass themselves like that.
Now, if you’re concerned that you’ll be wasting electricity, then make sure that you set a timer for when your device will turn it off. A suggestion we can make is to schedule when your appliance turns on when robbing time is at its peak, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
3. Don’t be too loud on social media
Social media is both a blessing and a curse. The good thing about it is that you can keep in touch with anyone and see what they’re up to with their lives. The other side of that coin is that, so can other people too, even strangers. The continuous rise of social media has made it even easier for burglars to track your recent activity and updates. So if you’re planning to announce that you’ll be away from the house for a few days, maybe it’s best if you check your privacy settings too first.
Also, if you happen to have someone in your friend’s list whom you don’t know personally or haven’t met in real life, then it’s about time to unfriend that person, or if you’re willing to go to an extent, block him from viewing your account entirely.
4. Get a security camera installed
Having a security camera isn’t just all for show, you know. They’re a great investment to make and yield many advantages to it, especially because it can be able to record footage if ever a robber breaks in or even tries to attempt to make an entry inside your home. Showing it to the police can help you easily track the suspect, even better if they were to spot the face of the person in question on the footage as well. You’ll not only be helping the police catch a criminal and get your belongings back, but you’ll also be helping your local neighborhood in preventing future house robberies from happening.
5. Hide all your important belongings somewhere safe
The trick to prevent burglars from easily stealing your possessions is to make them think twice of where you hide them. The most common place that they will tend to look at would be bedrooms, especially the master bedroom, because it’s where people usually keep their valuable possessions in their home. With that being said, it’s best to put them in somewhere they wouldn’t think to look. We aren’t going to tell you where because that would be left up to you to decide, but just know that persistent burglars won’t give up that easily, so you really have to think hard on this one if you want to save yourself from theft.