You might think of burglars as being well prepared and even skilled, but actually most people who break into homes are just opportunists. They want the easiest possible break-in and they target properties that seem like they won’t present any obstacles. They also don’t want to risk being identified and arrested later down the line. Here are the top five deterrents to stop burglars from entering your home.
According to a survey of former burglars, cameras are the number one security feature that would make them think twice about entering a property. Outdoor cameras make them aware that the owners are security conscious, and the house likely has home security devices working together to alert owners and law enforcement about an intrusion. Even if owners are not alerted right away, the footage could be used to prosecute the burglar later. Ensure your cameras are at least nine or ten feet from the ground so they can’t be tampered with.
Stickers and Yard Signs
Similarly to cameras, stickers and yard signs send a message to potential burglars that the property owners have a security system. Stickers bear the name of your security company (e.g. “Secured by abode”), and yard signs should be placed in either the front or back yard depending on where your home has entrances. Since most homes have windows on all sides, it makes sense to put signs in both yards. It’s important the signs are seen at night, and abode yard signs come with solar-powered lights.
Secure gates were identified as another feature that deters burglars. Always ensure gates are closed and locked, including driveway gates and side gates. Sturdy, heavy gates work best. The rest of the perimeter can add to security too. The front boundary of your property should be kept low so intruders have nowhere to hide, while side and rear boundaries should be high, ideally up to 6 feet. You could use trellising, fences, or bushes for this.
The sound of a large guard dog will almost certainly deter opportunist burglars looking for an easy break-in. The loud noise will alert occupants and neighbors that something is wrong before a burglar even crosses a boundary. A second obvious advantage is that most burglars won’t be foolish enough to step foot on a property with an aggressive dog guarding it, and they will just move on to another home. If you don’t have a dog, you can take advantage of a smart home integration that can simulate the sound of dogs barking to ward off trouble.
A smart home security system deters burglars and alerts you immediately if anyone tries to enter your property. Find out more about how to protect your home.