Of course, no home is completely intruder-proof— but there are some things you can do to deter unwanted visitors. While cutting-edge technology and expensive equipment can certainly make your home more secure, they’re not your only option.
As minor as they may seem, these five things will keep you more secure in the long run.
Dogs usually respond to unknown visitors by barking, and the barking will usually scare off most intruders. If you don’t have a dog in your home, simply suggesting that you have a dog can also work. Put up a “Beware of Dog” sign in your front yard, for example, or keep a recording of a dog barking that goes off every hour or two.
While you shouldn't assume the worst from a visitor, it’s always better to be cautious. If you have people doing any kind of work inside your house, be sure to check your window locks after they’ve left. Burglars can have day jobs too, and they might take this opportunity to stake out your home. It’s easy for someone who’s already inside your home to surreptitiously unlock a window without you noticing, so do a quick check to make sure all of them are locked after they’ve left.
Burglars will often try to enter your home through your front door, so having an impenetrable front door lock could deter a majority of intruders. Once you’ve installed a secure front door lock, make sure you’re using it properly, and don’t forget to lock your doors— 32% of intruders simply walk in through an unlocked front door.
You may see sliding and French doors as a beautiful addition to your home, but an intruder sees them as an easy way in. Since these doors tend to be made of less sturdy material and are often easily breakable, make sure they’re secure at all times.
Motion-sensor lights are a great way to shine an unwanted spotlight on an intruder. This puts them in a vulnerable position, which is something that burglars hate more than anything. If you live in an apartment complex, make sure your hallways are brightly lit — there’s nothing more inviting to a burglar than a dimly lit apartment hallway.