Shut Down Home Intruders With These 7 Safety Strategies

By: Chris Cipriani

Shut Down Home Intruders With These 7 Safety Strategies

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A BREAK AND ENTER OCCURS EVERY 90 SECONDS IN CANADA.  
Fortunately, there are some proven tactics you can use
to decrease your likelihood of a home invasion.
Most burglars are looking for easy access with minimal
risk. A monitored security system can be an effective
deterrent, but it isn’t the only way to protect your
property. Here are seven strategies to help you maximize
your home’s security and minimize your chances of being
targeted by intruders.
1. CHECK YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS
The most common entry point for a burglar is through a
basement or ground floor door or window, so securing
these points of entry is essential.
Evaluate the condition of your doors and locks.
Make sure all doors have a solid core.
Pair them with a sturdy deadbolt that is a minimum of 2.5
cm long when thrown.
Add window locks and security film.
Install aftermarket window locks on first-story windows.
Consider using security film on windows that are adajcent
to a door.
2. LANDSCAPE FOR SECURITY
Thieves target homes that they can enter and exit without
being detected.
 
Increase visibility from the street.
Trim overgrown trees and shrubs that obstruct the view
of your property.
Remove privacy fences or hedges that offer criminals a
place to hide.
Utilize best practices for environmental design.
 
Plant thorny or sharp-leaved bushes beneath windows.
Add some loose gravel that crunches when disturbed
A well-designed outdoor lighting system can make your
home both safer and more attractive.
3. Light Your Exterior
A well-designe outdoor lighting system can make your home both safter and more attractive. 
Install landscape lighting
Eliminate pockets of darkness around your home’s
perimeter with outdoor lights.
Use a combination of flood, spot, and pathway lights to
add visual interest while increasing visibility.
Use motion-activated security lights.
Startle intruders with a motion-activated floodlight.
Choose a smart version to receive notifications when
there’s movement on your property.
4. Make It Look Like You're Home
Most burglars will avoid breaking into a home if there
are signs that it’s occupied.
Turn on your TV and leave a car in the driveway.
If you’re away from home, connect your TV to a timer
or smart plug.
When you travel, leave your car out or ask a neighbour
to park theirs in your driveway.
Install a video doorbell.
Let intruders know you’re watching by utilizing a video
doorbell.
See, hear, and speak with visitors remotely from your
smartphone—so they’ll never know you’re gone.
5. Keep Valuables Out of Sight
Security experts caution against placing valuables
where they’re easily visible.
Check sightlines from your door and windows.
Avoid tempting robbers with a clear view of commonly
stolen items, such as cash, jewelry, and electronics
Take a walk around your property to ensure valuables
aren’t visible from outside.
Secure items in a safe.
Limit access to expensive items when you have workers
inside your home.
Lock up firearms, sensitive documents, and valuables in a
safe.
 6. Highlight Your Security Measures
In surveys, convicted burglars admit to avoiding homes
with obvious protective measures in place.
Install outdoor cameras.
Place security cameras where they are easy to spot.
Record the footage so you can share it with police if you
do experience a robbery.
Post warning signs.
Prominently display a security system placard and/or
beware-of-dog sign.
Back up your threats with a noisy alarm and loud barking
dog for maximum impact.
7. Limit What You Share on Social Media
On social media platforms, it’s easy to reveal more than
you’ve intended.
 Delay posting photos or travel updates.
Avoid “checking in” to places or events, which can signal
that your home is unoccupied.
Wait until you’ve returned home to share vacation
photos on social media.
Set privacy restriction on your accounts.
Think twice about connecting with strangers or casual
acquaintances.
Limit your followers to those you truly know and trust.
Your Home Is Safe With Us
We take home security seriously. That’s why we have screening
procedures in place to keep our clients and their homes safe when
they are for sale. We also remind our buyers to change the locks
before they move into their new homes and provide referrals to
locksmiths and security companies that can help. To learn more
about our procedures and how to stay safe during the real estate
process, contact us to schedule a free consultation!                                      

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