Imagine how you would feel to come home and find your home had been broken into…
Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, you need to think about the security of your home!
I know I would feel many different emotions ranging from anger to fear. Heck anyone would feel violated after coming home to find their personal refuge from a crazy world has been destroyed. While there is nothing we can do to completely stop crime, there are a few steps you can take to make your home less inviting to the thieves.
I am sure there are plenty of people that like to think this will never happen to them. You just need to understand that these scumbags are looking for certain clues that help them to select which home to break into. Here are some tips to help you protect your home and deter your home from becoming a target.
I have used Craigslist for a long time to advertise my listings. But let me tell you, the number of idiots and scam artists on Craigslist is super high! So if you’re selling stuff on Craigslist (or any other website) you really need to meet the person at a public place and NOT at your home.
I know this may be difficult for some stuff. So what I suggest is that if you have to meet them at your house, do some serious pre-screening over the phone first. Make sure they are really interested in what ever it is that you are selling. Some of these jerks are just wanting to make an appointment so they can see what you have to steal!
Social Media Friends OR REAL Friends
Listen if you have been friending every Tom Dick and Harry you can on Facebook, then you probably shouldn’t be letting everyone know your travel plans! Also you need to remember that Face book is notorious for making it too easy for the bad guys to exploit the settings to find out stuff via your less social media savvy friends.
Learn how to limit your social media posts to only your trusted contacts. I remember seeing one case of Facebook being used this way locally just this past year.
The Trash Is Attracting Trash
As weird as it sounds, pay attention to your trash. If you have boxes for a new stereo or big screen sitting at the road, it is pretty much a billboard to the bad guys! Thieves will drive around and look these kinds boxes of high-price items. Then they just wait for you to leave the house so they can help themselves to your new stuff!
So break down those boxes and put the clues to your new expensive toys in garbage bags.
Take some time before you leave to make sure you put a few lights on timers. Get someone you trust to collect your mail. Don’t make it obvious that you are not home because a vacant home is a burglar’s dream.
While you are on vacation, hire someone to take care of the lawn – overgrown grass is a good sign that no one is home.
Is the Safe…Safe?
I know you about busted a gut when you brought that new safe home. Sadly, burglars often work in teams and will just pick the safe up and take it with them. So when you buy a safe make sure to install it in a wall or bolt it to the floor.
The Take Away:
This is by no means everything you need to do to protect your home from crime. Hopefully following these tips will mean that you have reduced the risk of your home being broken into. I suggest talking to some of the local home security companies to see what additional steps you can take to protect your most valuable investment!