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What else can you do to make your home safer?
Vision Tactical provides you with tips and advice on making your living space more secure, so that you can keep your possessions (and yourself) safer from the threat of burglary.
- EXAMINE YOUR FRONT DOOR FOR POTENTIAL WEAKNESSES –
As your home’s main entrance and exit, your front door is really important. You should have a solid hardwood or steel front door, not a lightweight hollow core door.
- USE TIMERS AND TVS TO FOOL BURGLARS INTO THINKING YOUR HOME IS OCCUPIED –
The majority of apartment burglaries occur during the daytime when most people are away at work or school. Burglars also target homes that are dark in the evenings. By setting timers to turn on a TV, radio, and lights, you can fool intruders into thinking your home is occupied when it’s really not.
- BE MINDFUL OF WINDOWS AND SLIDING GLASS DOORS –
Because intruders can easily lift some older horizontal sliding windows and sliding glass doors off of their tracks, sliding windows and doors need extra protection.
- USE WARNING SIGNS –
Because burglars are looking for the easiest target, they don’t want to risk being mauled by a Doberman. Even if you don’t have a dog, consider putting a “beware of dog” sign in your yard or on your fence. You can even go the extra mile by putting a dog bowl by your side door or installing fake security cameras near your back doors to scare off potential burglars.
- LET THERE BE LIGHT –
The outside of your home should be well lit to discourage burglars from targeting your home. Put motion-sensing lights by your entrances and doorways, turn some lights on and off remotely via your phone, or set your exterior lights on a timer.
- BE VIGILANT ABOUT VACATIONS –
Vacation is a time to relax, take a break from everyday stresses, and not worry whether your home is safe while you’re away. Intruders look for small signs that someone is away on vacation, such as flyers and ads piled up by your front gate.
And as much as you can, resist the urge to announce and post your vacation photos on Facebook and Instagram. Since most people’s addresses are easy to find online, you don’t want to tempt a potential burglar with the promise of an empty home. You can always wait until after the vacation is over to post your photos.
- GET CREATIVE ABOUT HIDING YOUR VALUABLES –
There is no need to advertise how much ‘cool’ stuff you have in your home, unless of course you like advertising how much of a perfect target your home is for a burglary. If a burglar does manage to get inside your home, though, they are going to quickly grab the most valuable stuff they can find and get out. Instead of keeping your valuables in the usual hiding places, consider getting creative.
- PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN AND LOOK AROUND –
Awareness and mindfulness of your surroundings is key for keeping yourself and your home safe. The biggest threat to anyone is complacency. To be safe, or at least safer than the next person, you need to be constantly aware of changes in your neighbourhood. Be attentive to new people walking or driving through the area. If you notice that someone is loitering by your building’s entrance or seems to be following you, take notice. If you’re aware of your surroundings, you can more easily spot something that’s awry, like a broken window or a suspicious car.