Home invasions are a scary proposition. As we have discussed before in our post Home Security Tips Revisited, there are steps that homeowners and renters can take to keep themselves and their property safe, as well as working in tandem with organizations such as Crime Stoppers and neighborhood watches.
While there are more than 2.2 million burglaries in the United States every year, the FBI estimates that up to 90 percent of all home burglaries could be prevented by just making a few adjustments. With a number like that, it’s no wonder people asking how do I burglar proof my house. While there is no quick answer or quick fix, being smart and taking action will work in your favor. We’ve created a list of four high-profile areas to focus your security efforts on.
Four areas of your house to burglar proof
1. How to secure doors and windows against break-ins
It’s possible you live in a neighborhood where people leave their doors unlocked, but most of those idyllic settings disappeared sometime in the 1950s. Make sure your door is sturdy. Many burglars don’t use finesse when breaking in, they simply use brute force. A hollow or non-reinforced door will make it easier for someone to gain access.
Technology has allowed homeowners to become more sophisticated in their protection efforts, including the mass-market availability of keyless locks. One benefit of these locks is the ability to program and delete access codes as needed. This makes it a great option for someone who might need to gain temporary access to a construction worker or cleaning worker.
2. Front door security against burglars
Not everyone who approaches your front stoop and rings your doorbell is there for a good reason. In fact, there is a long-standing tactic used by would-be burglars of ringing the doorbell in order to determine if anyone is home, or even just to gain easy access by having the homeowner open the door him or herself.
There are a few different things you can do to discourage this: put a motion sensor light by your door, use a peephole, ask for identification, install doorbell cameras. These cameras work in two distinct ways:
- They allow you to see exactly who is at your door and make a determination whether to answer or not.
- Record the person at your door on camera so that it can be provided to the authorities in the case that person is there for nefarious purposes.
Sometimes burglars don’t care if you have a porch light or security camera. With a reinforced entry, burglars can’t finish what they started. At The Home Security Superstore, we also carry a pop-up barrier for your door that locks it into place from the inside. The Haven™ Mech’s wedge barrier can withstand over 50 kicks and not give way – virtually no one can kick it in. Installation is so easy, it’s an extra security precaution you can take that requires little effort on your part.
3. Security for your backyard area
If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, make sure it is secured via gates that lock or privacy fences that discourage climbing. A backyard is normally a secluded location that gives burglars a way to get into a house without being detected. A motion-activated floodlight is also a great diversionary tool as it might spook a wannabe burglar when it’s activated.
4. Adding keypads and security alarms to your garage
Garage door openers, like TVs, come with remotes with default pass codes that need to be reprogrammed. Unfortunately, too many homeowners don’t change these default settings making it an easy way for people to gain unauthorized access. This is especially true if you tend to use your garage as a primary entry or access point. Be sure to change the passcode – and don’t use the simple code 123 either.
Another way to secure your garage is to add security on your driveway. Installing a wireless motion detector will alert you to activity before a criminal has a chance to do any damage. Simply place the transmitter in an ideal location outside your home and keep the receiver indoors.
We carry a variety of options in all of these different categories to make you and your home more secure. Please join in the conversation below and share your tips and tricks for keeping you and your home safe!
Author: David Artman
David Artman is the founder and CEO of The Home Security Superstore, an online provider that helps customers protect their homes and their families through its expansive selection of do-it-yourself home security systems and effective self-defense products. With years of marketing experience and an interest in the e-commerce industry, Artman founded the Atlanta-based company Velocity Products, Inc. in 2000, which now owns and operates The Home Security Superstore and ILoveNeon.com. A native of the Pittsburgh area, Artman graduated from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and has worked for well-known companies such as Bausch & Lomb, Andersen Products and Stradis Healthcare, which he co-founded and branded as Sterile Dental Systems Southeast in 1993.