If you think there is no chance of your home being burglarized, you need to study the statistics. As any NH locksmith will attest, burglars seize opportunities in ALL neighborhoods. They look for easy ways into your home, and they can see a good ‘target home’ from a mile away!
Burglaries are considered ‘crimes of opportunity’ because the criminal is looking for the easy way to get into your home – the unlocked door, open garage door or open window. Fortunately, there are practical security measures you can take today to make it so difficult for burglars that they’ll go somewhere else.
Interested in finding out how you can secure your home? Here are a few ways you can prevent losing everything you have worked so hard for.
#1 – Secured Doors and Windows
In nearly 1/3rd of all home burglaries, the intruder comes in via an unlocked door or window, according to the “Burglary of Single Family Houses” guide, published by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
The first line of defense in the security of your home is to have solid core exterior doors with high quality grade 1 or 2 deadbolt locks, with French doors being secured with a quality deadbolt lock and a slide bolt penetrating the upper and lower doorframe. Also, people are often forgetting to secure garage doors. Secondary locks on 1st floor windows are a necessity, and can be installed by your NH Locksmith. With a walk through of your home, a technician from New Hampshire Safe and Lock can assess your home, and make recommendations to you.
#2 – Install a safe
There are many different safes to choose from. There are gun safes, burglary safes, floor safes, combination burglary/fire safes, most importantly, it must be secured to the floor or in a wall. The technicians at NH Safe and Lock can deliver and install your safe for you.
Something that not only makes noise when there’s an intruder, but also calls for help, a home security system is a great investment. Detecting an intruder, and setting off an alarm is often enough to make a burglar run. The signs on your property and doors advertising the alarm company, is a good deterrent also. NH Safe and Lock can recommend area companies for security systems.
#4 – Motion Sensor Lights
Installing sensor lights are a great way to illuminate portions of your property only when needed, like when someone enters the area.
Sensor lights will come on as soon as someone enters under cover of darkness – as a burglar would..
Outside lighting is one of the cheapest and most effective deterrents to crime, having a local electrician install these will not only protect your home, but provide lighting when you arrive home at night.
#5 – Protection Warning Signs
Got a dog or a home security system? Share that information with signage on your fence, door, or window. Much like putting up security cameras, letting a burglar know you are well protected makes you less of a target. If your property looks like you prepared for it, they will usually pass you by.
#6 – The Appearance that someone is Home
Burglars know your routine, and when there’s a break in that routine – like when you’re on vacation – it’s a signal that your home is clear for a break-in.
With that in mind, the thing to do is make your home LOOK occupied. One of the best ways to do this is by using timers on electronics, especially on a second floor, where an intruder cannot see human movement. A TV, and lights in different rooms, timed to go on and off at different intervals create the illusion that someone is going room to room. But, burglars know this trick, so use various patterns.
Lastly, a good neighbor you can trust with a key to your home is helpful during extended absence. Removing mail and newspapers, and just keeping an eye is very helpful. As a licensed and bonded NH locksmith, we have been protecting families since 1976. If you are interested in assistance in securing your home, contact us at 603-889-0152.