There are approximately 2.5 million burglaries in the United States every year, with two-thirds of those being home break-ins. Additionally, Science Daily reports that only 12% of home invasions are planned in advance, meaning that most break-ins are opportunistic in nature. Beyond robbing you of your possessions, home intruders can rob you of your feeling of peace and safety at home. While keeping your doors and windows locked is a good start, here are five more simple ways to ward off home intruders.
1. Inspect Your Home
The first step to protecting your home from intruders is a visual inspection of the outside of the house. Look for any areas that an intruder could use to enter the home – consider low windows, trees that could be climbed, and shrubs that could be a hiding place for intruders. Additionally, consider what can be seen from outside the house, as items such as TV’s or other valuable electronics are more likely to attract unwanted attention. Lastly, take note of any outdoor items like grills or yard equipment – when not in use, store these items in a locked shed or garage.
2. Install Curtains or Shades
If you don’t already have them, curtains are a great and affordable way to protect your home by concealing your valuables inside. Ensure that you close your curtains before leaving home – remember, most break-ins are opportunistic, so you don’t want to give any would-be burglars a reason to choose your home.
3. Proper Lighting
Intruders are much less likely to invade a home that has plenty of outdoor lighting, as this makes it more difficult for them to conceal their entry. You can help deter intruders by leaving your front porch light on and installing additional lighting in darker areas around your house. Motion sensor lighting is a great option, as this will illuminate any would be intruders the moment they step too close to your home.
4. Install a Home Security System
Installing security cameras or other surveillance equipment is a phenomenal option for those who are willing and able to pay the extra expense. Even just having security cameras around your property is frequently enough to deter a robbery, as burglars are less likely to target a home where their actions will be recorded. Additionally, installing surveillance equipment allows you to keep a watchful eye on your home even when you are away. Video doorbells are another item to consider for your security system, as you can use them to see and communicate with anyone at your front door. If your security system is not enough to deter an intruder from entering your home, you can submit your evidence to the police to aid in the prosecution of the intruder.
5. Nite Guard Solar Lights
While Nite Guard Solar is known to be an excellent deterrent from predatory animals, it can also help keep home intruders away from your property. Nite Guard Solar Lights are solar powered and maintenance free, meaning you can easily set this up to beef up security on your land. The light works by charging during the day, then activating a flashing red light from dusk until dawn. Beyond warding off predators from your property, the Nite Guard Solar Light has the added benefit of resembling a security camera, meaning it may scare off any two-legged intruders snooping around your property.
Take back your peace of mind – take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your home from intrusion. To improve your home’s security from unwanted intrusion by people or predators, call the professionals at Nite Guard Solar today to learn how our solar powered predator lights could be right for you.