Leading Answer: Looks Matter
- Do not have anything important. Or at least, don’t appear to.
- Look like you appreciate maintenance and security. You do not need to outrun the bear, and so on.
- Secure your air conditioners if they’re in-window. That’s so easy to do.
- Avoid doors which have glass near the doorknob. I saw an episode of This Old Home where they installed a lovely glass door in a crappy part of Boston. All I might believe was smash and twist.
- A large canine door (or cat door) can be a method in; secure it.
- But primarily, do not look like a target.
— Addressed by Alex Feinman
Alternative Answer: Tips from an Intruder
Some tips I remember from an interview with a burglar:
- Make it difficult for someone to conceal themselves while breaking in. Prevent tall/thick shrubs around your doors and windows. Avoid personal privacy fences.
- Having excellent outside lighting on a timer assists, but the very best thing is a movement sensing unit floodlight. When a movement light kicks on, it says “Hey, something’s going on over here.”
- Avoid having stuff in plain sight that says “We have lots of $$$.” If you have a pricey car, keep it in a garage. If you have great stuff in your home, keep your blinds closed. If you simply purchased a flatscreen, garbage and conceal package.
- Burglars case an area before they rob it. They understand when you leave for work. They understand when your next-door neighbors leave for work. If you have next-door neighbors that are home throughout the day, it will make your house a riskier burglary.
- If you have a security system, do not put among those “Safeguarded by ADT” stickers on your door. Understanding which brand of security system can offer enough information on the best ways to disable it. Get a generic sticker.
- Get a pet dog. The bark is more essential than the bite. A little yappy canine can be more of a deterrent than a German Shepard.
- Keep in mind, the objective isn’t to make your home totally break-in proof. It is simply to make your home a less appealing target than the other houses in your neighborhood. Look at the surrounding homes and adjust accordingly. Do not be the lowest-hanging fruit!