You’re on vacation, you’re having a blast; then you receive a call from one of your neighbours.
“Hey Joe, sorry for bothering you, but we have this weird feeling your home might have been burglarised”
You can never be over-concerned with the safety of your home, and giving it a few extra safety measures can often go a long way.
You don’t have to be a genius to know that prevention is always the best way to protect your property from harm. However, there are some genius ways to give yourself a breath of relief, knowing that you did all the right moves. So let’s get started!
The most effective way of preventing burglaries from happening is by having security cameras installed around the perimeter of your home or workspace.
Burglars are less likely to break into homes with security cameras in place. This is due to the fear of being recorded, caught, or watched. Burglars stay away from attention at all costs and when there is no attention, they will naturally break into homes where they are less likely to leave any evidence behind.
What is important here is that you install smart cameras that provide notifications when there is movement and temporarily store footage to use as evidence if needed.
The most advanced security camera systems out there will allow you to leave the system on autopilot with live guard surveillance. Cameras with virtual guards allow the guards to take action immediately in preventing the crime and contacting police.
With smart cameras, you can also check your home premises from the comfort of your location. This makes security cameras the ideal choice to prevent burglary.
Motion sensors are another effective way of burglar-proofing your home. They can detect motion 50-80 feet away and send alerts to your phone, tablet, or computer.
With this information, you are immediately alerted regardless of whether there is an intruder in your home or not. You can even set them up so that they will trigger your alarm system as soon as the motion is detected.
This way, when someone enters your property and triggers the sensor, the sensor will send an alert to your security company, from where an agent will call you and ask if everything is okay. If they can verify it’s not a false alarm, they will get in touch with the police.
It has been shown that people who have motion sensors installed around their homes are able to feel more at ease. They can sleep easily knowing that help is just a few button presses away.
Another great thing about motion sensors is that you can set them up in your yard, garden, or garage. They will be able to tell if anyone has entered your property and send you an alert immediately.
Most burglaries occur between 10 AM and 3 PM when people are at work or spending time outside the home.
So, having motion sensors outside your home is an excellent way of preventing burglaries from happening.
Motion-activated lights are a great way of preventing burglaries from happening. Burglars are afraid of being caught in the act, and this is why they avoid walking in the light when they can.
Motion-activated lights also produce a sterile effect and a temporary blindness illumination that scares intruders away.
Motion sensor lights have been around forever, but they have become more sophisticated. Some motion sensor lights now have the ability to send notifications to your phone when there is movement and have a few advanced smart home capabilities.
A burglar will always choose an easy target over a difficult one.
Guard dogs are one of the oldest and most effective methods in the book. This is why burglars rarely mess with homes that have guard dogs around even if they know the owners are not home.
When a burglar comes across a home where a guard dog is patrolling the perimeter, he knows it’s not going to be easy to get inside and take what he wants.
The only way for him to do it is if he gets in undetected. This means that such homes are much safer than homes without guard dogs patrolling their perimeter.
This is why you should seriously consider getting one as soon as possible, especially if you live in an area where burglaries are common.
The best way to know what breed of dog is right for you is by talking to the experts. They will be able to help you pick the right one for your home and provide tips on how to train it so it will be a loyal companion and protector.
Getting the Neighbourhood On Your Side
Getting your neighbour on your side is the most effective way of preventing burglaries.
When you have a harmonious relationship with your neighbour, the two of you will be able to work together and make sure there is no suspicious activity going on in either of your homes.
See if your neighbours are willing to join a group chat, either through text messaging or an app like WhatsApp. You can warn the other neighbours of an imminent suspicious activity and spread the word around to ensure everyone is on alert.
An individual’s vacation should not be interfered by any external factors such as burglars. One must have peace of mind while on holiday. This is why neighbour cooperation is essential.
Like we said before, having a good relationship with your neighbours will allow both parties to feel more at ease knowing that someone is looking out for each other’s property and will spread information about any suspicious activity around the neighbourhood.
It’s important that you pick “a designated neighbour” in this step, and don’t blow it over the top by saying you’re headed out to every living person. Remember, it’s always in the quality – not the quantity.