Through the Eyes of a Burglar

Through the Eyes of a Burglar

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Through the Eyes of a Burglar

Have you ever considered why Burglars choose the homes they do? Could your home be a target? Think about these tips. You will not look at your home the same way again.

burglar1.       Stand on the street and look at your home. From the street can you see your TV? Entertainment system? Expensive art pieces? If you can see your most valuable possessions from the street, so can everyone else. You want to keep a low profile. Try not to park your expensive car in your driveway. Your car can be a sign that your house could be a lucrative home. If you make any large purchases don’t leave your boxes by the curb for any longer than necessary.

2.       Keep your home visible. While the tall shrubs and privacy fences are nice to keep the nosy neighbors out, but they are a burglar’s best friend. The scrubs and fences can provide cover to burglars making it hard for your neighbors to spot them breaking in. You want to maintain visibility. Keep your doors and windows visible to deter burglars. Install motion-activated floodlights around your home. This will draw attention to anyone approaching after dark.

3.       Opening up your home and letting the breeze in in the spring and summer is nice, but when you aren’t home, you should make sure that you close and lock those windows. Burglars know that most people don’t lock their upstairs windows. It is the Burglar’s double jackpot if you keep a ladder stored outside your home while your windows are unlocked. Lock the ladders away in your garage or shed so that burglars can’t use them to get into your upstairs windows.

4.       When you are not home, try to make it look like you are home. Using timers to activate lights, televisions or stereos can make your home look like someone is home. If you are going to be out of town for an extended period of time, hire landscapers to take care of your yard and make your home look well cared for.

5.       Make sure your doors and windows are secure. Burglars look for weak doors with old hardware that are easy to kick in. Examine your doors and windows and replace any knobs, locks or hardware that might be easy to kick in. Make sure if you have a doggie door make sure you secure it with a lock or seal it up when you are going to be long periods of time.

I hope these tips help keep your home safe and secure.

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Stephanie Callen, ABR, CRS, GRI, REALTOR®

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