Sometimes we don’t give enough thought to how precious some of the items in our home are. This is especially true for people who live in areas with lower crime rates.
However, the truth is, a home invasion or other devastating event can happen regardless of the area we live in. Potential burglars are constantly casing new areas they can target. Sometimes, more affluent areas can fall victim to quick stretches of related break-ins.
It’s important for any homeowner to seek preventative measures that can better prepare you if the unthinkable happens. Certain companies provide warranties and other protection for your home items, which is a great way to secure financial support if your house gets ransacked. The following article contains an excellent review of one such warranty provider. https://www.top10.com/home-warranty/reviews/first-american-home-warranty. While these services are incredibly valuable, some things just can’t be replaced. What are some other measures homeowners can take to protect their items from being damaged or stolen?
Create the Illusion of Security
A great way to protect your items for a very low price is by giving the illusion of high levels of security. We aren’t saying skip all security measures completely to go with faux-everything. Still, simple hacks can deter potential burglars by using a little creativity.
Signs and Warnings
Sometimes all it takes to curb the attention of a potential burglar are some well-placed signs. You don’t have to go all out and make your yard look tacky, but the truth is, the more, the merrier.
A simple no trespassing sign can be effective but certainly won’t cut it on its own. Regardless of whether you own a dog, posting a couple of beware of dog signs that are visible from the street can be a tremendous faux-security measure.
No matter how skilled a burglar is, there isn’t much one can do to quietly sneak past an aggressive dog’s security features. Thieves either won’t want to cope with the idea of possibly getting mauled or will skip the house over fears a barking dog will alert you to their presence.
Another effective sign technique that we’ve seen from homeowners is placing the laws and codes available in your state regarding your rights to take defensive measures against trespassers. Some of these codes go into great detail about a homeowner’s right to make use of their second amendment privileges and can be downright intimidating, even to a hardened criminal. There’s nothing forgiving about a potential encounter with a homeowners pistol or shotgun, and this is a chance most burglars won’t take. (like the dog, you don’t have to own an actual gun for this to work)
Faux-Cameras and Extra Lighting
We understand how expensive custom home security. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbes-personal-shopper/2021/10/08/home-security-systems/, and surveillance systems can be. At times certain security companies will run promotions offering discounts, but something tells us they can’t beat the price of a $10 faux plastic camera.
Okay, maybe you want to invest a little more than $10, but you understand the point we’re making here. For less than $100, you can purchase some very realistic-looking high-definition wireless cameras. Mount these in places that can be seen from the street or sidewalk. It’s not a bad idea to place one right at the end of your driveway, giving burglars the notion that all license plates are being recorded. Returning to the sign idea, we’ve seen signs posted at the end of driveways, alerting potential entrants to just that.
Combine your fake cameras with extra attention on the area with the help of a well-placed floodlight or two, and you have all the makings of a high-security fortress.
Get a Safe
This is one of the most basic (and oldest) forms of security available to most homeowners. Just remember, regardless of how old this security measure is, there’s a reason it’s still in use.
Your options for safes are very expansive. Safes come in all different sizes and dimensions, as well as different levels of security. Different styles of lock and combination configurations exist and how many layers of metal and steel make up the outer body of the safe.
Ultimately, the design and security level of the safe you buy is on you. However, there are few essential things to remember when you purchase a safe.
- If you get a combination lock safe, don’t forget the combination. Make this a number you will never forget. If you don’t want to risk forgetting it, place the number in an area where a would-be burglar would never find it or realize what he’s reading. For example, one of our old neighbors kept fake emergency contacts on his refrigerator with fake names and numbers. The third phone number he had written down was actually the combination of the safe.
- A safe doesn’t do you much good if thieves can take it with them, and trust and believe, this is what they will do if given a chance. Bolt the safe in a corner where it can be secured to the sub-floor and studs in the wall.
- If it’s in the budget, buy more than one safe. Put jewelry in one, cash in another, and important paperwork and firearms in a third. This may seem excessive, but if for some reason thieves do open it or run away with it, you don’t have all your eggs in one basket. We also see it being difficult for burglars to load three different safes.
Just remember, you don’t need to break the bank when you secure your home. Extra protection can be obtained for the most important items in your home by using a couple of extra dollars and a little bit of ingenuity.