All year you’ve been waiting for this break, and now that it has come, you couldn’t be more excited! Everything’s packed and ready to go. “Bahamas, here I come,” you exclaim cheerfully.
Time passes fast when you’re having fun. Here you were locking your door behind you in joyful anticipation of the trip, and now you are back on your porch in your holiday shirt, all sun-tanned and jet-lagged. What you need now is a good night’s rest.
But lo and behold! An empty house greets your eyes and sends you into a state of shock. Bags in hand, key in the door-lock, and incomprehension wrote all over your face, you remain frozen in the doorway.
Once the stupor passes over and you get a hold of yourself, you scan and analyze the situation. Everything’s been tampered with. Drawers are emptied out on the floor, your new digital TV is gone, the safe has been broken into and drained of its valuables.
In short, you’ve been ROBBED!
A huge wave of regret washes over you. Why didn’t you listen to your friend when he told you about properly securing your home with effective gadgets? Why didn’t you pay attention when a suspicious-looking fellow started hanging around your neighborhood? And most of all, why oh why did you publicize your trip on social media, presenting your home on a silver platter to the burglars?
Nonetheless, it’s not the time to mope around. Instead, it’s time to learn from your mistakes and toughen up your house with the following measures, so that something this dreadful doesn’t happen again!
Never Openly Disclose Your Plans
I know how much you love expressing yourself on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – putting up your day-to-day pictures, and getting satisfaction in the form of likes in return. But consider this: a felonious person gets a whiff of your profile and your routine activities, and decides to turn them against you. Your posts, revealing your current routine and your future plans, leave you and your home vulnerable.
So refrain from saying too much on the internet–or even to a real person–who might take advantage of that private bit of information, and decide to invade your house.
Install Eyes in Unusual Nooks
What you can’t see will definitely hurt you! That’s the motto I keep in mind whenever I go think of home security measures. If you’re unable to detect the raider, how will you ever be able to prevent the raid?
Cameras are the most fundamental aspect of a home security setup. These tech creations give you the ability to see beyond your reach; to have eyes even in the shadiest corners of your house. So install these marvelous devices ASAP, and get the feed directly on your smartphone. It would be better if you got a camera that also came with a motion sensor. They’re far more advanced and will apprehend any sinister-looking person in their tracks before they even approach your front door.
Give the Pretense of Always Being Present
Burglars like to take advantage of your absence. They strike best when you’re not looking. This way, they can go in easy and come out fast, without anyone ever noticing them. Easy-peasy.
You have broken this illusion of theirs. Let them think that someone’s home, even if you aren’t. You can set up automated lights, which go on and off at natural intervals, giving the impression that you’re present. Other than that, you can park your car in the driveway, which also deters robbers from breaking into your house. A dog also gives signs of life, and robbers tend to avoid houses with dogs that might harm them.
Protect Sensitive Entry Points
A house is a box with holes in it, holes that can let you out and also enable you to come in. These are your basic entry points that need to be protected the most. Burglars break into your home through these points. Glass windows and unusual access areas, like the basement and the attic, are especially sensitive. These are your weak points and you need to shield them up. Here are a few ways you can do just that:
• Properly bolt your doors with double-cylinder locks, or something similar
• Use anti-break film, solar screen, or unbending rods to your seal your windows
• Put iron bars or a solid steel net on basement/attic windows to prevent entry
• Plop security-sanctioned stickers on most exposed areas to let the robbers know that they can’t fool you anymore, because you’re being protected by the most reputable safety systems, such as the Vivint Security System
• Get metal-core doors which can’t be forced open
By doing this and so much more, you’ll double up your home protection in no time.
So go ahead and employ these simple, yet effective measures to dissuade anyone from robbing you ever again!