Coming home from a long day at work or a relaxing vacation to see your home burglarized can be stressful. Although there are fewer burglaries now than there were in the past, it’s important to be cautious.
However, top-notch security systems are expensive. While seasoned homeowners may already have a few tricks up their sleeve, first-time homebuyers could benefit from the following advice from HouseLogic.
Use your car alarm
Many modern automobiles come with car alarms. This feature can be used to protect your home. When you go to sleep at night, keep the car remote within arm’s reach. This way, if you sense any criminals outside your home, you can activate the alarm. Not only could this scare off burglars, but it could also get to the attention of your neighbors.
Keep the “TV” on
To give the appearance someone is home, certain homeowners leave their televisions on while they’re away. However, this can run up the electric bill.
Instead, you may want to invest in FakeTV. This gadget costs less than $40 and gives off light resembling a television. The best part is this device uses roughly the same amount of energy as a nightlight. If a criminal approaches your home and it appears someone is in the living room watching television, this could be enough to deter a break-in.
With colder weather approaching, snow could be on the ground before you know it. While this can make a home look majestic, undisturbed snow can be a sign to criminals that no one is home.
To beat them to the punch, ask a neighbor or their children to spend a few minutes walking in the snow around your home. This is a better idea if you are planning to be away for a long period.
Remove flyers, collect mail
Even if you have taken the time to make your home look lived in while you’re away, some sophisticated criminals have other ways to determine if you’re home.
One way is by posting a flier on your door or mailbox. If they come back days later and the flier is still there, this could be the green light for a break-in. Instead, ask a trusted neighbor to collect your mail, newspapers and any random fliers.
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