Break-ins and burglaries can be very upsetting, impacting your sense of security in your home and causing inconvenience if your possessions are taken. However, there are things you can do to make your home more secure and less appealing to potential intruders.
Hide Your Valuables
Naturally, people who want to break into homes will be looking for houses that look as if they might contain valuables. Go outside and look through your visible windows – what high-value items do you see, and how could you disguise them or make them look less appealing? For example, you could get blinds in your living room so that potential burglars can't see your expensive TV.
You should also make sure that you don't leave your keys or wallet in clear view of your front door. If you have large amounts of money or very valuable jewellery, you might want to invest in a lockable safe for it, keeping it safe in the event of a break-in. You should also consider other places you might want to hide small valuables, such as inside old vacuum cleaners and hollowed out books.
Hire a Residential Locksmith
If you've just moved into a new home, or if you're worried about the security of your windows and doors, you may want to buy peace of mind with the services of a residential locksmith. They will be able to look at your existing locks and evaluate them, before fitting new locks that cannot be easily picked or broken. You should shop around for quotes and ask someone who is happy to perform a no-obligation survey on your home. You may want to look for someone who can fix or adjust your new locks at short notice or someone who can provide services and help if you get locked out.
Use Your Lights
Both indoor and outdoor lighting have a role to play in protecting your home from break-ins. Invest in a bright outdoor motion-sensor light that comes on when someone approaches your home, as this will put off any potential intruder. In terms of indoor lights, the goal is to make your home look occupied, even when it isn't. You should install timers to turn your lights on and off while you're away in a pattern that reflects a normal domestic routine – off during the day, living room lights on in the evening, and bedroom lights just before bed. When you're at home, make sure you stick to this routine, as intruders do sometimes break into occupied homes.
The idea of someone unlawfully entering your home can be upsetting, but by following the tips below, you can reduce the appeal of your home to any potential burglar. Work with a locksmith to improve security, make your home look busy and occupied, and hide your valuables to reduce your chances of a break-in.