There are a number of tricks of the trade that home burglars would love to keep to themselves. Knowing many of these secrets would actually make it much easier for you to keep your homes and families safe and protected. To this end, here are 5 things burglars don’t want you to know.
Watch Service People
The most common way for a burglar to case out your house is by getting inside as a service person. Yes, he may actually work a legitimate job as a plumber or electrician. Once inside it is very easy for them to unlock a window, so they can come back later when you are not home.
Always be very careful about who you allow into home. Only after being sure they have a legitimate purpose should they be let in. And then, make sure to watch them carefully. After they leave, check the rooms they worked in for any signs of unlocked doors or windows.
Outside Appearances Matter
There is no need to advertise to a potential burglar that your home would be a good place to rob. Keep expensive outdoor decorations to a minimum or install fencing for privacy.
It is also a good idea to make sure your alarm system is not visible from the outside. It is common for homeowners to place signs on their lawns, which state the type of security system they use. This is a bad idea. You are giving potential burglars an inside look into your home security. They do not need any freebies.
Take Precautions While Away
Whenever you go on vacation, make sure to have your newspaper, mail, and other deliveries put on hold. It is simply not good enough to have your neighbor go each day and pick up your mail or paper, since a good criminal will likely be watching for something like this.
Another devious trick a burglar might try is to place a flyer on your door. They are doing this to see if you are still home and possibly to discover your routine. Try and remove anything left on your door or porch or steps as soon as possible. This is a situation where having a neighbor stop by every day can be very helpful.
Creative Hiding Spots
Take precautions just in case a burglar does end up gaining entry into your home. Most burglars are aware of hiding places like deep in the sock and underwear drawers. The general rule of thumb is that if you saw a hiding place in a movie, you should never use it in real life.
Guard Against Strangers
Burglars have been known to actually knock on doors and attempt talking with homeowners. They are doing this for a couple of reasons, including determining your schedule and also trying to determine by your demeanor if you would be an easy target. If someone comes to your door that you do not know and are not expecting, seriously consider ignoring them. It seems rude, but it could save you from a lot of problems in the future.
If you have any questions about home security, you can always call Armored Lock at 800-923-9141. We would be happy to inspect your door locks and entry points to recommend changes that would increase your home’s security.