It's a very scary thing to picture: You're at home, sleeping peacefully in your bed, when a stranger breaks into your house to steal your personal belongings, or worse. Being the victim of a burglary is a terrible feeling. It's a feeling of violation and helplessness. It is one of the most common and heinous crimes being committed worldwide. The question is: how do you protect your home, family, and property?
The best way to think of your protection is in 3 layers:
Do you ever wonder why it seems like there are police all over the place? Well, the primary function of an officer is patrolling. It's something called a "show of presence." This means that as long as criminals see the police around, they know in the back of their minds that they shouldn't commit crime. Obviously, this doesn't always work, but it is a deterrent. A show of presence works for a home as well:
- Make your home look occupied by having lights or a television on.
- Keep motion sensor lights on the outside, around your home.
- Install a security system and put the signs up in front of your house stating that you do have one. Most burglars will skip right over your house and look for "softer" targets.
- Don't keep things of value in view.
- Keep your blinds closed when you are not home.
This is your next layer of defense against burglars. Say that they don't care about any of your visual deterrents; now you have to keep them out of the house.
- Buy the best deadbolt lock that you can afford and a swing bar for your door. Get the recommendation of a locksmith if you don't feel comfortable choosing.
- Make it a habit to lock all doors and windows before bed and when you leave the house.
- If you move into a new home, change all the locks.
- Get an alarm system from a quality company.
For more information about locks and security, contact a company like Lock & Door Works.
So the burglar doesn't care about your visual deterrents, physical deterrents, or your door with the expensive locks that he just kicked in. What's next?
If you aren't home, there's nothing that you can do unless you have nosy neighbors or a security system. Modern security systems will send a police officer directly to your house at any sign of trouble.
Buy a handgun and learn how to use it. Notice that shotgun wasn't mentioned? They are big, heavy, difficult for a smaller person to control, and usually don't hold more than a few rounds. A good pistol can serve as an everyday carry weapon and your last line of defense to protect your family and home.
These easy-to-implement tips can really pack a powerful punch to deter break-ins and burglaries. Go the extra mile to protect your family and your home.