Things Burglars See

Being burglarized can be a gut-wrenching and saddening experience. Luckily there are a few things you can do to limit your chances of falling victim to this.

  • If you’re leaving, even for a short while, close your windows and lock them. You can secure sliding glass door with a wooden rod such as a dowel or broomstick. Make sure also that you have deadbolts on all your exterior doors, which should be sturdily constructed from metal or hardwood. Doors should also fit their jambs securely with no gaps or gaping seams that can allow someone to pry them open.
  • Install an alarm and motion-detecting lights on the exterior. Inside you can use timers to create the illusion that someone is home.
    Etch your driver’s license number and state into your valuables in a conspicuous location. Keep an inventory of your home’s contents so you can know exactly what was lost and initiate a claim with your homeowners insurance. If you own a safe, keep jewelry, money, and other valuables tightly locked up.
  • Don’t hide keys outside; instead find a neighbor or friend who you trust to hold on to a spare.
  • Keep shrubs and bushes pruned and neat-looking to discourage prowlers from hiding.
  • Finally, consider getting a dog preferably one that will make enough of a ruckus to discourage would-be burglars away from home. Keep in mind that some dog breeds might raise your premiums so it is best to do a little research before you decide what kind to get.

Following these basic tips can really help alleviate your chances of having your home burgled and will go a long way towards giving you peace-of-mind.