So, You Want to Protect Your Place from Burglars?

Six quick tips to help prevent a burglar from breaking into your home.

A couple weeks ago we talked about Fire Extinguishers, and making sure that you know how to use one. Having one, and knowing how to use it can literally save your home from a horrific fire. I know it has in my home.

With this post I want to discuss a few tips that can make your home less desirable for a burglar. While being insured can help you replace stolen items, I'm sure you would rather they never get stolen in the first place.

Install Locks on All Your Doors:

While most of our front doors are very secure. It is the doors on the side and back of the house that normally get broken into. These doors need strong locks too, consider deadbolts for all your outside doors.

Get a Security Sign:

Security signs are great, but they should always be generic, so that burglars don't know what alarm system they are trying to bypass.

Buy a Dog:

Dogs are a man's best friend, unless that man is a burglar. Burglars who hear barking keep walking.

Hang Curtains:

Leaving the curtains closed for long periods of time (such as when on vacation) can signal thieves that a home is unoccupied.

Mow the Lawn:

A freshly mowed lawn sends a message to burglars: someone is at home, keeping an eye on this property.

Plant Something Thorny:

Nobody likes to get poked, not even a hardened burglar, and a thorny rosebush underneath a window can be a powerful deterrent.

So there are six quick tips to make your home a less desirable target for a burglar. Do you have some additional tips? Please share them in the comment section below!

The bitterness of poor coverage lingers long after the sweet price is forgotten.

Joe Urvina is an insurance agent located in Gig Harbor, WA.

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Akiko Oda February 26, 2013 at 09:04 PM
I'm sorry your home was burglarized, but thank you for the helpful tips.
Joe Urvina February 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Thanks for your comments. I think the comments about talking to your neighbors is very important. Great tips!
Gig Harbor Home Management February 27, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Light timers in the evening and leaving a TV on occasionally will help to provide the impression someone might be home. Joe, you are right that closed curtains are a telltale sign; having a friend open/close them more regularly might help. You can also try a trick of leaving a flat of flowers on the porch - a small bag of dirt and some gloves sitting there might demonstrate that the house won't be sitting empty for a week (they don't know you're out of town!) I might be a bit biased, but hiring a Home Watch Service to stop in and change things around is always a good idea. And it sure is great peace of mind to know that someone has committed to making your home a priority on their schedule, even when you're gone.
Joseph March 03, 2013 at 01:09 AM
We were ripped off on Wednesday. The thief broke in through our back door glass, set off our monitored alarm (with signs) , and was in long enough to steal jewelery. He was probably in and out of our house within a few minutes. This all happened in the middle of the day in broad daylight. The police took an hour to arrive since they were all busy working an accident. I think even if they could have gotten here quick the guy would have been long gone. We live near City Park so there is a lot of traffic going by. The door staff at Home Depot said people are coming in daily to replace broken doors, windows, etc. I agree that these crimes should be reported so people can have a heads up. I talked to all of our neighbors to warn them. We still love Gig Harbor but this has made us more leery of strangers in the area.
William Walker May 09, 2014 at 11:26 AM
I am trying to be more independent. I need to get my own insurance. I am trying to be more independent one step at a time. Next, I am going to get an apartment. http://www.ashlandinsurance.com/services/personal-insurance/


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