Break-ins and burglary are an ever-present risk, but by understanding a bit of simple psychology you can employ a few measures as effective deterrents, such as security doors or home security systems to combat this behaviour. Understanding the reality of the situation allows you to take the steps to appropriately guard your home against theft and intruders.
Here are some defensive deterrents to reduce the risk of a break in.
Protect your entry points
It might seem obvious, but having a thorough comprehension of where intruders are most likely to enter your home is key. Taking steps to strongly and rigorously guard these areas is the next. It might seem like people would have to be fairly bold to enter your front door with the intention to rob you, but that is actually still the most common entry point for burglars. The others are usually your garage doors and back/sliding doors.
How can you remedy this? Well DON’T EVER leave a key under the mat as a start! The next most crucial thing is to install security doors (especially on your front door, but the more doors the better).It goes without saying to make sure you always lock your doors. Yes, this applies when you are at home (probably even more so to avoid a home invasion). Other effective barriers include adding a deadbolt for added security, plus installing an alarm system and motion detector around these major entry points.
Make your home a less desirable target
It has been widely studied that most thieves are opportunists who will usually only break into your home if the risk of being caught looks like it might be easily outweighed by the reward. This refers to the paradigm of risk vs reward in criminology and criminal justice studies. Basically, DON’T MAKE IT EASY for intruders to enter your home.
According to a police detective and expert in the field of home invasion, it’s all about the ‘easy hit’, with most criminals looking for “a house that they can break into quickly, take something of value and leave without being detected.” So, how do you make your home a less desirable target? What defensive deterrents work best to serve this purpose?
First of all, don’t let potential burglars assess the ‘reward’ for entering your home by leaving your possessions visible to the outside world. You would have heard that expression ‘don’t tempt thieves’ and that is always 100 percent something to remember. In essence, think about making the burglar work for it. Make sure you close your drapes, blinds etc. so that criminals can’t ‘go window shopping’ at your place.
Some extra precautions to be on the safe side
What else can you do to think outside-the-box when it comes to criminals? Hide your valuables in unexpected places. Adding a canine pal to your home environment is justified, as movement and noise are shown to act as a significant deterrent. Also, don’t leave rubbish outside on the curb that advertised the fact you just bought a widescreen TV. Avoid those ‘green lights’ for burglars at all cost.
You should probably also reconsider posting those happy snaps or ‘check ins’ on Facebook that let the world know your home is now most likely unoccupied for a substantial period of time. And, REDIRECT YOUR MAIL. The number one thing that potential burglars look out for is an overflowing amount of mail in your letterbox or on near your front door as the signal to proceed.
Whilst burglary and break-ins are common, there’s no reason you have to be another statistic. After reading this articles you might be surprised by just how simple reducing the risk of a break-in can be. Employ common sense, use the right equipment and maybe even ‘think like a crim’ to best repel thieves and intruders from your property.