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Burglar Proofing Your Home

Outside the Home

Preparing the outside of your home for potential burglars is a crucial measure to protect your home from thieves. Measures outside of the house primarily serve to deter burglars. Many criminals are practical; they are not aiming to challenge themselves nor to prove anything. They are looking for the easiest, most lucrative houses to steal from and indications of security measures on the outside of the houses can cause them to reconsider their aims and choose another house to victimize.

The first step in protecting the outside of your house is installing fences. There are a variety of fence types and fence heights that can be effective for use in protecting your home. A high, well maintained fence can be an effective deterrent for burglars and make access to your property more difficult to obtain. Call a contractor about installing a fence on your property to protect against potential threats.

Lighting in and outside of your house can also serve as a deterrent and make it easier for you to identify who or what is inside your house or yard in a possible break-in or other emergency. There is a variety of types lighting you can install around your home and yard to improve your security; lights with motion sensors, floodlights and the like. Using lights in the house can also deter criminals; if lights are on in commons areas, they may assume that the residents are home and choose another house to burglarize.

Inside the Home

Inside the home, there are measures you can take to improve your home security. The measures inside your home are less for the purposes of deterring criminals from breaking in to your house and more about causing them to reconsider their efforts or stopping them from robbing your house while they're in there.

Alarm systems vary in cost, types and levels of effectiveness. There are alarm systems that have motion sensors or connect to doors and windows to detect when they're opened. Alarm systems frequently connect to local law enforcement and can alert other emergency services personnel when there's a burglary or another type of emergency in your home. Talk to local law enforcement or talk to some of the alarm companies about what kinds of services and products they provide with their systems and pick the best one for your needs and your budget. Pick up an alarm system to keep your home and your family safe.

Dogs are man's best friend. They can be alarm systems, armed guards and family members all at the same time. There are a variety of dog breeds that are very useful for home security. Dogs' superior senses rival even the best mechanical security system and signs of a dog's presence in a home can be a significant deterrent to criminals intent on violating the security of your home.

The biggest decision in making sure that home security works for you is the decision to evaluate your current home security set up and actively do something to change it for the better, filling in places where you've found deficiencies. As a matter of fact, there are places where local law enforcement will come to your home and check your security setup and give advice on improving it. Having a plan for emergencies, not just for burglaries, is prudent. Create a plan and start working on this today and, as always, do your homework to keep your home safe from predatory criminals. Good luck and be safe!

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