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.
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.