How To Protect Your Home From Burglary

Have you taken the necessary steps to keep your home and your family safe from thieves? One of my immediate neighbours had a break-in last year and I keep re-playing what the attending police officer had to say about protecting our homes from burglary, over again in my head.

Nobody should ever have to deal with the violation of a stranger breaking into your home and haplessly ransacking your possessions; helping themselves to whatever they can sell and make money on.

If you haven’t thought about securing your home before now, I am going to share the advice I received from the police officer about how to protect your home from burglary:

  1. Install an alarm system and display security signage (usually provided by your security company for free)
  2. Install outdoor security cameras, preferably with night vision
  3. Keep lights on around your property so neighbours and passing cars can clearly see your home
  4. Trim overgrown trees which obstruct the view of the front of your home
  5. Dogs are great companions and double as security, even a small dog can deter intruders

An important tip that I want to add is be careful about the personal information you offer to share with others, especially when you don’t know who could be listening. I’m not suggesting that you be paranoid but it’s wise to be aware.

Recently, I was waiting to pay for fuel and a petite senior lady was checking her lotto tickets and buying some new ones. After she got her tickets, she started walking away. I stopped her and said “oh you don’t want to leave without your winnings” and her reply was “I have way too much money!” I giggled because I thought she was joking and she replied “seriously!” I think that’s wonderful for her, however, it’s not info that anybody should be loosely sharing with strangers. Strangers that you don’t know anything about; and whether they prey on people who nonchalantly offer lucrative information. The same applies to oversharing sensitive information online.

I strive to make home security a priority. Are you?

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7 thoughts on “How To Protect Your Home From Burglary

  • November 14, 2017 at 7:46 pm
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    We have found that using our outdoor lights overnight has been great.

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  • November 15, 2017 at 7:36 am
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    Having a break in is a fear for me. These tips are great and we do already use them.

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  • November 16, 2017 at 12:16 am
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    Having a home alarm installed was one of the best things we have done in securing our home.

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  • November 17, 2017 at 1:06 am
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    Dogs are great. Would be theives are looking for easy access to a home without calling attention to themselves

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  • December 6, 2017 at 3:51 am
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    Good tips, thanks

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  • December 6, 2017 at 8:26 am
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    Good tips. Your list reminded me that it’s time to trim the big bush in front of our house. Thanks.

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  • December 6, 2017 at 11:22 am
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    I agree with the above tips. And as far as sharing online goes, way too many people post that they are at the airport & leaving to go on Vacation or do check-ins that they’ve arrived at a resort, etc which is very dangerous! Not everyone on your social media lists are 100% trustworthy!

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