How seriously do you take your home security? While it is on many people’s minds these days, many of us forget about one simple thing - some homes are more appealing to burglars than others. There’s a simple reason why - thieves don't want to risk their freedom for a little haul or a risky burglary, and there are certain things they will look for before trying to break into your house. Let’s take a closer look at what makes your home an attractive proposition to burglars and thieves.
A stand out property
We all like to make our homes look the best they can, but there’s a difference between attractive and showy. And make no mistake about it, if you flaunt your wealth and possessions to all and sundry, you will be a target for thieves. You don’t want to look like the richest family on the block, and whether that means toning down your garden ornaments or reducing visibility with hedgerows or shrubbery, it’s a good idea never to be showy about what you are worth.
A run down property
However, it’s all too easy to move in the opposite direction. If you don't maintain your property properly, a burglar will fancy their chances of getting in and out quickly and quietly. It’s all about attracting the wrong type of attention, and a neglected home draws the eye as much as a wealthy one.
Lack of security cameras
If a burglar knows they can get in and out of your home without having to worry about being recorded, they will be more likely to give it a try. So, while you don’t have to buy the best home security camera you find, it’s worth the investment. If you really can't afford it, a cheaper option is to buy some surveillance camera signage. It might be enough to put off a potential burglar if they think they could run into trouble.
How tidy do you keep your garden? If it is full of heavy objects, discarded tools, and lawn furniture, don’t be surprised if a burglar uses it against you. A window and a heavy object is an attractive combination for an opportunistic burglar, so keep your garden clean and tidy - and make sure you have good locks on your shed.
Going on vacation? Make sure that you have timers set for your lighting - or maybe even a radio or TV. Some burglars will scope out an area and try to establish if anyone is away for an extended period. And if there are visible signs that you are not in or away from home, they will be more likely to make a move. You need to make them think twice - even if it means leaving a hallway light on while you are away.
The trustworthy homeowner
Sadly, if you trust your neighbors enough to leave doors and windows wide open, you will attract opportunistic thieves. There is a significant risk wherever you live, so make sure that you keep doors and opening closed as much as possible. And, of course, always lock up before you go out anywhere.