Know the Weaknesses in Your Home’s Security

BY Allconnect Inc | Sun Sep 22, 2013
Know the Weaknesses in Your Home’s Security
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If you want to protect your home from burglary or break in, you need to have the mindset of a thief. Thieves know what a vulnerable home looks like. They want an easy target that allows them to get in and get out quickly with the least chance of being seen. If you think like a burglar, then you can spot potential weaknesses in your home’s security and correct them before a thief can take advantage of them.

A home alarm system

The vast majority of thieves are looking for a convenient opportunity to break in. If your house is armed with a home alarm system, the sign in the front yard is a major deterrent to thieves. But don’t just rely on a sign. If a burglar breaks in and trips a noisy alarm, their focus will turn from your belongings to making sure they can get away without being caught.

Unlocked garage doors

What better opportunity to break into a house without being spotted than from inside a garage. A side garage door is one of the first places a thief looks for to get into your home. There is a reason for this.  Many homeowners fail to lock their side garage doors. Often times these doors are located within the fenced part of the yard which provides even more cover for an intruder.

First floor windows

First floor windows are another inviting entry point for would be thieves. Statistics show that most home burglaries occur in the summer months. This makes sense, because leaving a window open is the next best thing to leaving your front door open. When you leave your home be sure to close your windows.

Make sure to have curtains on your windows to prevent a thief from seeing inside. If you have an alarm system installed, be sure to place the warning stickers on the inside of your windows. Another deterrent is to plant low growing thorny bushes in front of your windows. They won’t detract from your view and will keep thieves at bay.

Doors without deadbolts

Old doors without deadbolts are an easy entry for a burglar. If you don’t already have them, make sure to install deadbolts on all your doors. The small investment now could save you quite a bit later on. Remember, thieves are looking for an easy entry.  An old door visible from the street is an open invitation to a burglar to mark your home as a potential target.

Places of concealment

Do you have a thick cover of landscaping around your house? This may be great for giving you privacy but it can also work in favor of a burglar. Don’t give a burglar cover to hide in around windows. Nothing is more attractive to a thief than a house where he can stay concealed while breaking in. Make certain you keep thick landscaping cleared from around doors and windows.

When you go on vacation make sure to have your yard mowed on a regular basis. Also arrange to have your mail and newspapers picked up. Finally, don’t advertise your new purchases by leaving the labeled boxes along the street for garbage pickup. An empty flat screen TV box in the front of your house may attract unwanted attention.

About the Author:  Lukas Nicholson is a home security specialist and reviewer. He works hard to provide honest home security system reviews and inform others about what they can do to better protect themselves, their family, and their homes.

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