There’s nothing more frightening or hurtful than knowing that someone has gotten into – or has tried to gain access to your home without your consent. But sadly, for many homeowners, these acts of crime are a reality.
But how can we make it difficult for any potential intruders? It’s great that you might have an alarm system, but is it still working? When was the last time you tried it? An alarm system should be the last line of defense if there is a burglar lurking.
Here we look at some ways to keep your home and family safe and how you can make any potential thief think twice before they try to gain access to your home.
Consider some fake CCTV equipment
It’s amazing what you can buy these days! Installing a fake camera – or more than one can be a great deterrent. It’s true that real CCTV equipment can be very expensive to both install and maintain, so installing false cameras is a cost-effective solution.
If you really want to make it look authentic then consider installing some CCTV signs around your home. Making these clearly visible will make any potential threat think twice. Take a look at SmartSign for some signage ideas.
Keep your landscaping tidy and well kept
We know it’s hard work – and very time consuming, especially when you have a family to look after as well! But keeping your hedges and bushes trimmed and well kept, informs an intruder that someone who takes pride in their home lives here…and they’ll probably have means in place to defend it.
If you’re heading out of town, arrange to have someone keep your lawn well mowed; it lets people know that you’re definitely at home and haven’t gone away for a few weeks and the house is empty!
Be careful with your rubbish
It’s pretty commonplace now for us to get items delivered to us. Often in oversized, large boxes! Be wary when you put these in the bin, ready for collection. If these are visible in any way, then you could alert a thief to what you have inside your home! Make sure you put your bins out at the last possible moment and ensure that all boxes with high-end branding are out of sight and not sticking up in anyway.
Be careful what you post
We all love to let everyone on social media know that we’re off on holiday and then having a great time. But just be careful! Your social media posts could actually be telling the world that your house is currently vacant!
Buy light timers
Light timers are ideal if you’re going out of town, or if you’re just upstairs in bed and want to sleep easy. Installing light timers inside or outside your home, makes it look like there is someone in the house.
Not strictly in your home, but an important asset nonetheless! Make your car noticeable and easy to trace. Placing bumper stickers or “child on board” signs in your vehicle, make it easy to spot should anyone steal it.