Every minute, 4 to 5 home residences are robbed. By the end of an hour, 240 homes will have been robbed. Robberies go on at all times of the day. Contrary to popular belief, the most successful robberies occur in broad daylight. The house does not even need to be empty–as long as the burglars know that the family is either in bed or gathered in one room, a burglary can occur. Don’t let it be your house.
4 Stages of Burglary
There are 4 stages of burglary. First is Attempted Forcible Entry, which is when a burglar manages to break in, but runs away or is caught because of a security measure. Second is Forcible Entry, which is when the burglar destroys property to get inside.
Third is Unlawful Entry Without Force. This is usually caused by homeowner neglect, since the burglar was able to enter through an open window or door. Last is the Completed Burglary, which happens after the burglary is done.
Where should home security start? Ideally, the burglar should not even reach any door or window to test or break it. Ideally, he should never get close enough for Attempted Forcible Entry.
Start With The Basics
First, make it a habit to try all the windows and doors before the household leaves, before the household goes to bed, and especially if only one of the household is left behind. Second, make sure your house number is displayed clearly and can be seen from neighbors’ houses and the street. Simple as it is, such a measure can deter burglars because it is so much easier for outsiders to report the burglary and police to find the house.
Third, keep shrubbery and bushes low. You want neighbors to be able to see anyone creeping up to your house, and you want burglars to look at your house and cross it off their lists because there is no cover for them. These simple measures will go a long way.
Protecting The House
At this point, we assume that burglars can cross the grounds and actually attempt a house break-in. First, a practical deterrent would be using deadbolts on the doors. They make it more difficult for a forced entry.
Second, door and window sensors should be installed. Include doggy doors if they are large enough to be wormed through, and don’t forget a window–even bathroom windows, kitchen windows, and garage windows.
Third, turn random lights on and off. Timed lights turning on and off randomly may fool potential burglars, especially if the radio or television are left on at low volume to give the semblance of house occupants.
Protecting The Grounds
However, like we said earlier, you really, really do not want the burglars to even reach the house for an attempted break-in. The practical response would be to preemptively protect the house grounds.
First, as much as possible, do not use a privacy fence. They are not as difficult to get into as homeowners think, and by using one you lose one of your greatest assets: neighbors’ eyes. Instead, opt for a large dog and an electric fence for your large dog. His size and potential noise is already a burglar deterrent, and an invisible fence does not blind your neighbor.
Second, place a few CCTV cameras that cover the grounds, and have signs on the grounds warning of surveillance cameras. Third, motion sensors and large signs announcing them could deter burglars. However, they could also bank on the fact that motion sensors constantly have false alarms, and attempt an entry anyway.
Common Sense = Home Security
For safety’s sake, your home security should be so designed that upon first glance, burglars cross it off their lists. Houses with guard dogs, with door-and-window sensors and surveillance cameras, are obviously well-guarded. Burglars would rather go for a house with neglected security, than one where the homeowners have prepared against them.