Home invasion is a serious and potentially life-threatening crime that can happen to anyone. However, there are several measures you can take to prevent a home invasion from occurring, including:
1. Install a security system
Consider installing a security system that includes motion detectors, alarms, and surveillance cameras. A security system can be a strong deterrent for burglars. You can install cameras, motion sensors, and alarms. Make sure the system is visible from the outside.
2. Keep your doors and windows locked
Keep all doors and windows locked, even when you are at home. This includes garage doors and pet doors. Use deadbolts on all exterior doors. Most home invasions happen when a door or window is left unlocked. Make it a habit to check all doors and windows before leaving your home.
3. Use strong doors and locks
Your front door should be solid and made of metal or solid wood. Use deadbolts and reinforced strike plates to make it more difficult for intruders to kick in.
4. Install outdoor lighting
Make sure your home’s exterior is well-lit, especially around entryways. Motion-activated lights can be particularly effective. A well-lit exterior can make it difficult for burglars to hide. Install motion-activated lights around your home to deter criminals.
5. Keep your yard well-maintained
A well-maintained yard can make it look like someone is home. Trim your hedges and keep your lawn mowed to make your home less appealing to burglars.
6. Don’t advertise your vacation plans
Don’t post your vacation plans on social media or leave a voicemail message stating that you’re out of town. This can alert burglars that your home is unoccupied.
7. Get to know your neighbors
Neighbors can be an extra set of eyes for you. If you’re going out of town, let them know and ask them to keep an eye on your home.
8. Don’t leave spare keys outside
Don’t leave spare keys under a doormat or a flowerpot. Burglars know all the hiding spots.
9. Use curtains or blinds
Don’t leave valuable items, such as jewelry or electronics, in plain sight. Store them in a safe or other secure location. Don’t let burglars see inside your home. Use curtains or blinds to prevent anyone from seeing your valuables.
10. Don’t answer the door for strangers
Don’t open your door to strangers, and be cautious about letting service providers or repair people into your home. Ask for identification and verify their credentials before allowing them access. If you’re not expecting anyone, don’t answer the door. Burglars sometimes use a ruse, such as posing as a delivery person, to gain entry into your home.
Have a plan in place for what you and your family will do in the event of a home invasion. Make sure everyone knows the plan and how to react in an emergency. By taking these steps, you can help prevent a home invasion and keep your home and family safe. Call Chorus today to learn more (205) 431-3999.