Protect Your Safe Haven : Theft Proof Your Home

by : Jake Marsh

No one wants to be the victim of theft. Having your home broken into can be a traumatic experience. Beyond the anger, hurt and stress of having things of value taken from under you nose, is the horrible feeling of invasion. Your home, which is meant to be your safety zone, has been penetrated. Many people who've experienced a break in, find it hard to feel safe and comfortable in their homes afterwards. Here are some measures that'll help you avoid the situation of a home break invasion entirely.

First off know that in many cases burglars have been staking out a neighborhood to know when your patterns of arrival and departure are. If your planning a vacation take the necessary precautions to secure you're home and it's always a good idea to have a neighbor keep a watchful eye and even visit the home regularly while your away.

The number one way to secure your home is to have a good alarm system and to have that alarm system visibly advertised to any to-be intruders. Convicted burglars have stated that they'd be less likely to break into a house that warned of an alarm or guard dog.

That neighbor who you arranged to keep an eye on your house could also do you a great favor by helping keep your house look lived-in while your away. This means shoveling walks in the winter, moving the lawn in the summer.

While you're away it's best to keep you vehicle in your driveway- so if you can have someone else drive you to airport this is ideal. If you're taking your car, ask that friendly neighbor to park in your driveway on occasion. Again, thieves shy away from the "lived in" look.

If you can get a bit techie and have some timers that'll control certain house lights to come on and off, this can be a great trick and a superior deterrent. Another easy one, is to leave the tv and the radio on- although you can get timers for these as well.

It may seem like an obvious pointer to insist that you lock up your home entirely and completely, but many people do forget. Windows should be latched shut, curtains drawn and the doors bolted. Ensure that your garage is totally locked up as well.

In some municipalities the local police departments will keep a vacant house list and will periodically check your house and area to keep an eye on suspicious activities. If such a list exists in your community, given them the details they need to ensure you're on that list.

Another great approach to community policing is Neighborhood Watch. The signs that denote that , this is community is a "Neighborhood Watch Community" act in a similar way to alarm and dog signs. They pose a serious threat to potential thieves. Don't hesitate to get your neighborhood together to see what you can do about community policing.

Take all the extra precautions to ensure that the safe haven of your home, and all the things you hold near and dear are as protected as possible from the threat of burglary.