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How to Prevent Break Ins From Happening

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Preventing break ins from happening is crucial to keeping your family safe. No matter where you live, break ins can happen. Keep them safe with these ways that help prevent break ins from happening.

When I was just 11 years old, this world was a crazy place, 9/11 had just happened and a few days later, my sanctuary, my home was broken in to. The robber(s) entered our house while my family of five slept sound in our bedrooms. 

The next morning, had my mama and sister not been leaving for work, it probably would have been hours before we noticed my dad’s shed broken into and our 4-wheeler gone. 

By the time the cop came to our house, we saw muddy footprints stuck to my mom’s pink rug and a few of our television cords moved. I’m not sure what scared them off that night, but our house quickly felt unsafe. For nights. on end, I was scared to walk around the house alone. We all felt violated and there was little we could do to restore that feeling of safety. 

The weeks, that turned to months, eventually made us smarter and my parents took every precaution to help prevent a break-in ever again. 

Break-ins can be deadly and an estimated 2 million of them happen each year. Whether you just experienced a break-in, or you want to take every precaution to prevent one, follow these tips.*

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Install a Security Camera, or two…

If you’ve never thought about buying a security camera, or two, you may really want to start considering it. Security cameras are a lot cheaper than they used to be and can be used to identify potential robbers and thwart robbers from trying to come in. One security camera that has great reviews on Amazon is the Nest Security Camera. This security camera is more high tech and can work with Amazon Alexa devices. Although, the Nest comes at a higher price tag, there are plenty of cheaper options that will work great too.

Take extra precautions to lock your sliding glass door

If you have a sliding glass door, keeping a robber from coming in can be tricky. Prevent break ins at sliding glass doors with a simple piece of wood. While this may not be the prettiest looking solution, it is one that is almost sure to work.*  Simply place a board of wood like the one shown in the picture below.

Prevent Break Ins

Purchase security signs and beware of dog signs

Most would-be thieves are looking for the easiest victims; ones that look vulnerable. Placing security signs and beware of dog signs up in your yard can make robbers think twice about robbing your house and actually keep them away. Most robbers are looking for easy targets and do not want to take the chance of being mauled by a dog or having the police show up.

Tip: While this may help ward off potential burglars, a sign alone is not always a sure trick to stop robbers. Try this tip injunction with these other tips.  

Don’t Just Lock Garage Doors

One of the biggest mistakes you can make trying to keep robbers away is just locking your garage doors and assuming your stuff is safe. A lock on anything can easily be broken or cut off, so you have to get more creative. Try blocking off garage doors with cars, or something big so thieves can’t just drive things out of your garage. Most thieves want to get in and out, they are not going to want to spend a lot of time trying to get something if they can’t get it out.

Invest in Motion Lights

Whenever you are inside, it may not be as easy to notice if someone is there. Installing motion lights on your property can give you a little warning whenever someone or something steps in front of it. Most motion lights are relatively cheap and also come in handy whenever you are getting home late. These Brinks motion lights are less than $12 right now on Amazon.

Do Not Post When You’re On Vacation

Posting vacation pictures on Facebook and telling the world you’re on vacation may sound like the perfect thing to do, but it actually opens your home to any would-be intruders. I recommend not posting anything on social media, or telling people that you are going to be gone because you never know who could be watching or listening.

Change Up Your Routine

The easiest targets are always those people who are boring and follow the same routine everyday. Waking up at different times of the day, or changing your routine even a little can complicate any chance of a robbery. Changing your routine helps to ward robbers off because they never know what you may be doing and they don’t want to risk getting caught.

While you won’t be able to stop all robbers will these tips, you can potentially stop one. Do you have any special measurements you take to keep robbers away?

*These tips are not guaranteed to work. Robbers can come at anytime and anywhere and this post will not keep them away. This post is to be used as advice only. I do not guarantee any of these tips will work.

1 Comment

  1. November 2, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Thanks for pointing out that signs can make robbers not want to spend the time to break into your house. I’ll have to get some of those. I just had a baby daughter. This means that I’m really worried about safety now. I don’t want anything to happen to her, especially when we may not be there, and she’s alone with a babysitter. I think that I’ll have to try some of your tips then find and ask a locksmith to help me better secure my home.

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