The myth of criminals being brave men and women might not be true after all, at least when it comes to burglars. They will patiently stake out your house and as soon as you leave for a couple of hours the game is on.
There’s nothing audacious about that; for them, it’s just another day at the job. However, if you secure your home in the correct way, it will become burglarproof so you won’t have to worry the next time you travel away on holiday.
The problem with sliding doors
In most cases, the burglar will try to gain access to your house through the back door because they are usually sliders. Most types of these doors are impossible to lock so owners support door handles from the inside using chairs or a mop handle. Not only does this look idiotic but it won’t stop an experienced burglar.
A more prudent solution is patio door locks. They are a worthwhile investment because you can find the cheapest models for fewer than 10 dollars. Patio door locks are essentially deadlocks that prevent the door from sliding.
Many small alarms
Installing an all-around house security alarm system is the best solution possible but it is among the most expensive ways to burglarproof your home. There’s a cheaper solution that is just as efficient: the installation of many small alarms. These alarms are basically sensors that will start to blare when they detect a door or window is being yanked.
The alarm is designed to sense tiny vibrations of a lock being picked or a glass breaking. The high-end models are going to be more sensitive, and even a dog jumping at the glass door can activate them. The only real difference between these cheap and compact alarms and a high-tech security system is that small alarms operate independently of one another.
The front door is the most vulnerable spot
In order to gain access to a house that hasn’t been burglar proofed, all the crook needs to do is kick the front door at the right spot and they’re inside within a second. The lock at the front door is really the most vulnerable spot outside any home so you need to go the extra length to protect it.
First of all, try to get long bolts that would go with the lock. The sturdier they are, the harder it is to knock them out of place. Secondly, get the number of a 24 hour locksmith because you might lose your keys or get locked out of your own home. In these cases, it is impossible to get inside because of the measure you have taken to burglarproof your home.
Invest in garden lighting
Few burglars dare to make a move during the day but as soon as night falls, they start creeping. If they want to gain access to your house through the backdoor, then they’ll jump over the fence and hide behind bushes.
For this reason, many homeowners resort to extending the height of the fence erected around their property or they cut down all greenery next to the fence. These measures can be effective but strong lighting is a way better deterrent.
Namely, if there are powerful garden lights inside your backyard, burglars will think twice before jumping over the fence. The simple fact they have nowhere to hide will force them to abandon plans for a home invasion. What is more, you will benefit from a well-lit garden in summer, as flying pests will stay away from the porch.
If you are worried about the electricity bill, know that most garden torched are LEDs, so they don’t use much power to operate. In addition, these lamps can have motion sensors so they remain idle for most of the night. Furthermore, there are solar-powered models in the market.
Install a webcam inside the house
If all the measures listed above fail and an intruder gets inside your house, not all is lost. Although you’ll (hopefully) away from home at the time of the burglary, you can still catch a glimpse of the felon.
Installing webcams inside the house will help the authorities identify the perpetrator and arrest him swiftly before they get a chance to sell everything they stole.
Webcams are as cheap as the alarms mention earlier, as the average at 8 dollars. However, if you want extra features like night vision, better pixel quality or a noise-canceling microphone, then be prepared to spend dozens of dollars more. Before you are ready to travel away on a summer holiday, you must know that there is no such thing as a 100% burglarproof home.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way since a determined crook cannot be stopped. Luckily, homeowners can resort to hundreds of deterrent methods, some of which we have listed above. If you do your security homework, be sure that few burglars will dabble with several layers of protection you have burglar proofed your home with.
BIO: Ron Wolf is a hobby designer and a DIY enthusiast, and, above all, a very blessed father of two. Besides that, he has a strong passion for writing. He is a featured blogger at various blogs and magazines in which he shared his research and experience with the vast online community. If he is not working he enjoys being outside with his family. Hiking, bike riding, and BBQing are always a thing for him. In the evening, he likes to watch documentaries or build something with kids in their lego corner.