According to the Ministry of Public Safety, there was a general increase in the number of home burglary cases in British Columbia. Burglary cases increased by 3.1% in 2016 from 49.8 cases per 1,000 population to 50.9 cases per 1,000 population. Burglary victims lost an estimated 100 million Canadian Dollars, which is a significant amount by any standard. A burglary can completely shatter your sense of security at home. Here as some burglary prevention tips that can come in handy.
Always Keep Your Windows and Doors Shut
This may seem like an obvious security measure but nonetheless, many homeowners disregard it at times. Leaving your doors and windows open at night or when you are away makes you an easy target since it’s easier for burglars to gain entry into your house. Up to 25% of home break-ins happen through first floor windows. Therefore, ensure that you secure them. Besides this, consider installing alarm kits on your windows and doors to deter would-be burglars.
Installation of Double Key Deadbolts
A significant number of burglars access their victims’ houses via the front door. Therefore, invest in securing the front door since it will help deter criminals. Double key deadbolts can help secure your home because once burglars manage to enter your house, it is impossible for them to leave unless they are brave enough to break the door down.
Keeping your windows and doors locked, and installing extra security features alone may not be enough. You can make your home more burglar proof by using strategic landscaping. For instance, growing thorny bushes under your windows makes it harder for thieves to access your house via its windows. Keeping hedges and bushes around your house trimmed denies burglars a hiding place. In addition, having loose stones and gravel around your house is helpful since it may alert you about the presence of an intruder.
Secure Your Compound
The possibility of thieves attacking a well-secured home is almost zero. You can secure your home by installing features such as fences and surveillance cameras. In addition, ensure that your home is properly lit, more so when you are away. You should similarly consider installing motion-sensing lights by your driveway, doors, and windows. This will help deter criminals.
Hide Your Valuables
If you live in a neighborhood that experiences heavy human traffic, ensure that your valuables are concealed from passers-by. Consider buying privacy curtains that block direct view into your house.