Nearly 1.6 million burglaries occur every year in the US—that’s one burglary every twenty seconds. But your home doesn’t have to be a burglar’s next target. We’ve got eight easy home security projects to make your home more burglar-proof.
1. Get rid of the “hidden” house key
It won’t take you long to accomplish this security project, but it could help thwart a burglary. If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve “hidden” a house key somewhere outside your home, like under the door mat or in the shed. Burglars know where to look, and if they find your house key they won’t think twice about using it. Instead of hiding a key outside, give it to a trusted neighbor.
2. Illuminate your home’s exterior
3. Trim shrubbery to minimize hiding spots
You probably haven’t considered your landscaping as a hiding spot for criminals, but that’s exactly what it could be. Trim overgrown foundation plantings so burglars can’t conceal themselves while breaking into your home.
Thorny shrubs are your friend
Plant thorny bushes, such as holly, under windows to make your home even less appealing to burglars.
If you were to check your home’s windows right now, chances are you’d find some were carelessly left unlocked or have inoperable locks. Fix or replace broken window locks and install a one inch diameter wooden dowel. Cut the dowel to fit securely between the window and the jamb to prevent an intruder from being able to open it.
Install contact sensors
Attach contact sensors to your home’s windows and you’ll know right away if someone’s trying to get in.
More ways to use contact sensors around your home
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5. Replace weak locks with strong deadbolts
Installing a strong deadbolt is easier than you think and doing so could help save your home from being burglarized. When shopping for a new locking solution, look for those that come with a Grade 1 deadbolt, which mean it’s earned the highest grade security certificate. Once your home is outfitted with a robust deadbolt, don’t forget to use it.
6. Evaluate the strength of your home’s doors
If a burglar tries to open the front door of your home and finds it’s locked, they could try to kick it in. Replace doors that are hollow, made of low-quality wood, or are otherwise easy to breach, with high quality steel doors or solid wood doors.
7. Put up window treatments
Install window and door shades so criminals will have a hard time telling when your home is unoccupied. Opt for window and door treatments that let in natural light during the daytime, but conceal what’s going on in your home at night.
8. Install a monitored wireless home security system
There are several advantages of outfitting your home with a monitored wireless home security system, not the least of which is you can complete installation yourself in about 30 minutes. Plus, wireless security systems are often considered more dependable than wired systems because a burglar can’t cut phone lines to render the system useless.
It might actually save you money
Your insurance company may discount your homeowner’s premium by up to 20 percent when you install a monitored home security system.
How to install a DIY home security system
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No home is burglar proof, but tackling a few of these weekend projects may go a long way toward making your home less vulnerable to a break-in.