They say home is where your heart is. For some people, it’s the house where they grew up in. It’s the house filled with memories of childhood unfettered by the weight of adulthood’s responsibilities, untouched by the emotional baggage earned as one age.
For others, home is where they can live together with their loved ones—their partner, their children, and maybe even their parents.
Regardless of where your heart lies, you must always guard your home well from burglars and intruders, or else, harm may come to you and your family. If you need ideas on how to safeguard your home from burglars, here are some recommendations.
Use Better Locks
Of course, all home security systems start with the basic locks. However, basic shouldn’t necessarily mean it can easily be bypassed. For example, sliding chain locks can be forced open from the outside using a rubber band or a small twine.
You may want to test your locks if they’re truly secure. You can use a set of lockpicks to try breaking into your own locks. If you can do it with no difficulty, then burglars can pick your locks twice as easily.
Therefore any locks that you find that you think aren’t secure, replace them with better ones, or install an additional lock to supplement their vulnerabilities.
Employ Guard Dogs
Most burglars’ modi operandi usually start with scouting out a neighborhood first for any prime targets (i.e., large house with a relatively posh exterior and significantly ornamented backyard, indicating a wealthy family). Then they stake out and observe their prospect until they know when the house will be empty. That’s when they can break into and burgle the place.
However, most burglars also avoid houses that have large and/or noisy dogs. They typically want to break into homes without attracting any attention, and a loud, barking dog can alert the surrounding area of an unwanted intruder’s presence.
Thus, getting a guard dog can be a good deterrent for burglars. Bonus points too if they’re big and mean-looking and able to tackle a crook who’s brave or stupid enough to proceed with their plans despite the sharp fangs bearing down on them. Besides, dogs are great companions for the family.
Emulate the Spartans
This doesn’t mean that every member of your clan—women too—should have six-pack abs and a body built for combat like you were chiseled by Hephaestus (though that does help scare off crooks scouting for targets). Rather, living like a Spartan means to shun material things.
The Spartans were minimalistic and frugal people. They did not indulge in luxuries and preferred a simple life, possessing only things that addressed their needs, not their wants. Other ancient civilizations and Greek city-states didn’t want to go to war with Sparta because, apart from their legendary soldiery, the city would yield nothing valuable for plundering.
That same principle can be applied to your house: keep your dwelling simple and without any expensive decorations. Remember that burglars target prosperous abodes. If they can’t find anything of value in your home, they will leave it alone and look for more profitable opportunities.
Employ any of these methods to reinforce your home’s security. No burglar or thief will ever bother your family again. With these, you can live without worrying about any break-ins threatening the sanctity of your home.
Tara is a spunky girl in her thirties trying to make it through her daily nine-to-five job as a nurse. She is also a part-time freelance writer including writing for LockPickWorld. She dreams to write her own book someday. Other than that, she’s a huge pet lover and is a volunteer at their local dog shelter.