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Don’t Be Haunted For Years After Your Home Has Been Burglarized

August 13, 2012

The next-worst thing than being the victim of a violent crime is having your home burglarized. Victims of a home burglary will tell you that the memory never really goes away. Victims feel violated, are haunted for years. Many are gripped by fear that they might be victimized again.

Most home burglaries are not planned. They are usually the result of quick and easy opportunities. Once the burglar has made the decision to rob your house, he will be in and out in just a few minutes. In order to keep a burglar away, you need to think like a burglar.

Why could YOUR house be a target?

As proud home owners, we want our home to have attractive curb appeal. We try hard to make our home  look desirable to our neighbours. You want to make sure that a would-be burglar does not treat that attractive curb appeal as an invitation to check out what’s inside. That includes simple steps like keeping your grass trimmed. An overgrown lawn could indicate that the homeowner is away on vacation. Be aware that large shrubs close to your windows will provide perfect hiding spots if not trimmed back on a regular basis. Do you live in a cul-de-sac in proximity to woods? Great hiding spots for a wood-be burglar. Townhouses are notorious for poorly secured sliding glass doors and small enclosed back yards. These are all reasons that your house could be a target for a burglary.

You have burglar proofed your house. What else can you do?

Close your garage door. Especially if you have an attached garage with an entry door into your house. An open garage door is like a giant billboard saying: “Burglars Welcome Anytime”.

And what is your car doing in the drive way? Park it inside your garage, if you have one.

Secure your ladders and tools if you don’t want them used by a burglar to get into your second storey window.

Have proper outdoor lighting. Burglars prefer to operate under the cover of darkness.Consider outdoor security lighting put on a timer and/or motion lights to keep your house well lit.

Always put some interior lights on random timers when you are away to maintain that lived-in look.

Don’t advertise your stuff. Even though burglars are usually not after your big screen TV or home entertainment electronics because they are way too big and heavy to carry, the box sitting out by the curb advertising the big-ticket electronics item that you just purchased lets the would-be burglar assume there is other nice stuff of interest. Cash, jewellery, drugs, laptops, iPads, anything valuable that is easily carried and quickly traded in for cash. Instead of leaving boxes out with the trash, take them to the recycle depot. That obviously applies to your X-mas presents as well.

Burglars do come back a second time. If you’re unlucky enough to have fallen victim to a break-and-enter, you are at even higher risk in the future. Whatever attracted the burglar the first time around, curb appeal, hiding spaces behind shrubs, easy access, probably still exists after the first break-in. What’s worse, the burglar now already knows the layout of your home. Chances are, the items stolen have now been replaced. (Perhaps even advertised by the packaging left out at the curb???) If you still don’t have a security system, now is definitely the time to have one installed.

Holidays are happy-time for burglars. They know the time tables for religous services and often strike when you are away at a holiday party or dinner out. All they need to do is watch and wait for you to leave. Make sure your security system is armed.

Do you have a dog? Great! Burglars hate dogs! Make sure to advertise your dog’s presence with proper signage. Don’t have a dog? Make it look as if you do: place a dog bowl and chain by your back door. Talk about instant security!

Follow the above advice to drastically reduce your chance of falling victim to a home burglary!

If you don’t have a security system, are not happy with your current security provider or don’t have your system  monitored, call me for a free, no-obligation consultation. You will be glad you did!

Ulli Robson, Security Specialist, (780) 288-2986


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