1. Keep outside vegetation maintained
A house with overgrown trees, bushes and other vegetation are much more appealing to a would-be burglar – it gives off the impression of a home that’s possibly empty. Plus, large tree branches and high shrubs could block the windows and doors, and keep neighbors or passers-by from seeing inside your home when a burglar is inside. It’s a good idea to trim all greenery on a regular basis, especially the ones in your front yard.
2. Keep trash from expensive purchases in your garage
It’s easy for anyone to check out just what’s inside your garbage can. Boxes from televisions or computers give a burglar a good idea of just what they kind find inside your home. Keep boxes and wrappings from expensive purchases inside your garage until you can dispose of them at another place.
3. Install a quality home-security system – and make sure everyone knows it
Most home security companies will place a sign in your front yard after they’ve installed your new system. This is more than just company branding; it’s another way to thwart would-be burglars. Make sure you are familiar with activating and deactivating your alarm system.
4. Embrace the deadbolt
It may cost you a little extra to install a deadbolt on your exterior doors, but the added level of security can be invaluable in the case of a burglar trying a smash-and-grab entry.
5. Be smart
Most police officers will tell you that burglaries manifest due to opportunity – an unlocked car, a house with a window open, a front door ajar, etc. Use common sense and lock all windows and doors on your home, and keep your valuables out of eye sight. If you have one room with more valuables than another, close the blinds on that window. If your garage holds expensive tools or other items, close the garage door when you’re not using them. Common sense will prevent many burglaries.