In the United States, a burglary occurs about every 15 seconds, with the average monetary loss being valued around 2,079 dollars. In order to prevent yourself from being the victim of a burglary, it can help to put yourself in a burglar’s shoes. There’s lots of subtle details as to the reasoning of burglars when they are assessing whether a property is a viable target for plundering, and it can put you in the advantage to know what the goads and deterrents for burglars are.
Burglars are searching for specific features
Most burglars look for homes with tall fences for privacy, or large trees or bushes – these help the burglar prowl the grounds without being spotted by neighbors. Another ideal feature for burglars is a lack of security cameras or alarms. Most burglars will inspect homes closely to see if they see any security system stickers, cameras, speakers, alarm wires, or the like – which indicate the presence of a strong security system and will deter any attempted burglar.
Guard Dogs really work
Even if you don’t feel like adopting a dog to guard your house (it doesn’t have to be vicious, just protective) you can absolutely install signs or other markers that indicate to any potential burglar that there’s a dog present. Leave a leash on the fence, a ‘Beware of Dog’ sign, or even a motion triggered alarm which gives off the sound of a dog barking. All these things are major deterrents to any burglar.
Keep Outdoor Spots Bright
By having strong outdoor illumination, you effectively deter any burglars from trying to break into your home. If all potential entry points into your property are clearly visible to your street or the neighbors, burglars will be too worried about being spotted, caught, and arrested to improvise any subtle break-in methods – not to mention attempting the clumsy blunt repetition that it often takes to break into a home.