Home burglaries are sadly one of the most common crimes suffered, but it doesn’t have to be this way! You can take lots of easy steps to minimize the chances of your home being targeted by would-be thieves.

    • Invest in a home alarm system

This is one of the most important and effective things you can do to protect your home. The security against burglary is more than worth the initial cost of installation. Make sure you have enough sensors to cover all potential points of entry. Home alarm systems are available with a wide array of options and features, so you are sure to find one that fits your needs and budget.

    • Strong doors and locks

Simply making it physically difficult to break into your house is also important. Strong deadbolt locks and solid core doors make it harder for burglars to kick their way in.

    • Security film on windows

Windows will always be easier to break than doors. Fortunately, security films can make it harder to shatter windows.

    • Call forwarding

A phone ringing without being answered is another tell-tale sign that nobody is home. See if you can have your home phone forward calls to your mobile when you are away.

    • Halt mail

A big pile of uncollected mail is a clear sign that you are on vacation and that the home is empty. If you are going to be away for several days, minimize the chance of burglary by asking your mail carrier to halt delivery until you return.

    • Ask for help from a neighbour

Getting to know your neighbours is really useful. A tight-knit community makes it harder for a burglar to move around anonymously. Ask neighbours to keep an eye on your house while you’re away. If they notice that someone is on your property while you’re still supposed to be away, they can alert the local police and have them come investigate.

    • Keep valuables out of sight

A brand new home theatre system visible in your window from the sidewalk can tempt a burglar into choosing your home as their next target. Try to ensure highly valuable or desirable belongings are not easily visible from the outside.

Although we may have a little bias on this one, nothing turns off potential burglars faster than a strong home security system. Whether they see the PROTECTION PLUS ® sticker in your window or hear the alarm activate upon trying to enter your home, robbers will be scared off immediately upon learning that your home is protected!

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.