Whether you live in the middle of the city or the middle of nowhere, you need to take steps to secure your home and keep your family safe. The bad guys can strike anywhere, and burglars are always looking for the easiest target in town.
Making your home a less tempting target is the number one way to enhance your personal safety and keep the burglars away from your door. Sometimes a little bit of trickery goes a long way, since criminals are not always the smartest people around. Here are 5 simple but effective tricks to keep the burglars at bay.
#1. Wave Goodbye to Your Nonexistent Roommate
There is no doubt that living alone puts you at particular risk of robbery. If the bad guys know you live alone, all they have to do is wait you out and watch for you to leave. With the house unoccupied, they can take their sweet time going through your stuff and pilfering your valuables.
Fortunately, you can trick any lurking burglars by waving goodbye as you close and lock the front door. It may look a bit strange to your neighbors, but the bad guys will think twice about entering your home once you leave.
#2. Get a Fake Dog
A barking dog is excellent burglar repellent, but not everyone wants the expense, or the responsibility of a canine companion. If you do not want, or cannot have, a dog where you live, just place a fake version by the window.
From the outside of your home, the fake dog sounds just like the real thing, and that sound can be enough to scare off all but the most determined burglar. You can even connect your fake dog to a motion sensor so it will “bark” when it senses an intruder around your home.
#3. Put Your Lights on Timers
Light timers are not just for vacation time. You can use timers on your lights to scare burglars away and keep them guessing even when you are at home.
Look for timers that can be adjusted and set on random. That allows you to control when the lights go on and off but also create random patterns that will keep the bad guys guessing. There are many great light timing systems on the market, and some of them can even be controlled right from your smartphone.
#4. Use a Fake TV
The glow of a television set is a sure sign someone is at home – so much so that experienced burglars learn to look for it before breaking into a house. If you will be out of town for a few days, a fake TV can project that warm glow and keep your home safe and secure.
In many ways the fake TV is similar to the fake dog trick noted above. From the outside, it looks like someone is home watching TV, but the fake television signal uses a fraction of the power and electricity needed to power the real thing.
#5. Hide Your Valuables
Keeping the bad guys out of your home is the best strategy, but you can trick the bad guys even if they do get in. When burglars invade your home, they will be looking for valuables, things like cash, or jewelry and electronics they can quickly sell for cash.
Hiding your most valuable possessions is one final trick you can play on the bad guys. You could install an expensive wall safe, but that will just draw attention and give the burglars an added incentive to steal your stuff. Instead of doing that, why not hide your valuables in unexpected places – like the back of your kitchen cabinet or the bottom of your underwear drawer?
Hiding valuables in plain sight is often the best way to frustrate burglars and get them to leave your home more quickly. If the bad guys think there is nothing worth stealing, they will not stick around long enough to get caught. They may never know that you had a wad of cash hidden behind the stove or a diamond necklace at the back of your bathroom cabinet.
#6. Get an Alarm System
Alarm systems are not the heavy cost the once were. There are a number of options for alarms including DIY alarms from eBay. Having an alarm displayed can warn burgerlers that one is installed. Think about it, if you were a burgerler would you choose the home with the alarm or the home without an alarm?
You could also consider a intercom system for your home so you can see who is at the front door.
In a perfect world, no one would have to worry about burglaries or break-ins, but it is not a perfect world. In the world we live in, you need to take proactive steps to keep the bad guys out of your home and away from your most prized possessions. These 6 simple tricks listed above are designed to do just that.