Regardless of what people might tell you, burglaries are still prevalent. The statistics may suggest they aren’t quite as common, but this certainly doesn’t mean you and your property are safe.
Burglars are still roaming our streets and according to some statistics, the majority of break-ins occur between 10am and 3pm. It goes without saying that this is the period of the day where most of us are at work – allowing the burglar to get to his work without any interruptions.
The above means that you need to make your home appear as undesirable as possible, at least from a burglary perspective. A costly alarm system is quite possibly one of the most effective ways to do this, but you can also pull it off on a budget. Making some simple alterations to the exterior of your property can work wonders, and doesn’t have to cost you a small fortune.
If most burglaries happen between 10am and 3pm – make your house at least appear occupied
When we talk about these exterior tips, most of them revolve around the appearance of your windows. Unsurprisingly, this is going to be one of the first things that catches the eye of the potential criminal – so you should be using them completely to your advantage.
Fortunately, the blinds industry allows us to do exactly this. Motorized blinds hit the market with the reputation of only being suited to the rich and famous, but from a security point of view they can be an absolute godsend. The fact that they can be programmed to be manipulated at different periods of the day means that your home can look occupied and if a burglar sees that the shades have moved in the space of an hour, it’s a sure-fire reason for him or her to move onto their next target.
On the subject of blinds, we’ll move onto something similar – keeping your valuables out of sight. We’ve all seen the signs in car parks, where they tell you not to leave things on display because of the risk of theft. The same applies with our homes and if you can at least block out people from peering into your home, it’s another deterrent. Not only does it mean that valuables are kept out of sight, but it again makes the burglar wonder if someone really is occupying the property.
The blinds industry has released products such as top-down bottom-up shades over the years, which can still bring natural light into a property whilst blocking the bottom portion of a window. Its products like this which can boost your home’s security – again on a budget.
It doesn’t always revolve around the windows
The windows are unquestionably the priority when it comes to safeguarding your home from a security standpoint, but there are other external elements which can make a difference. Just keeping your shrubbery in check is one of the simplest ones, and making it as hard as possible for a potential intruder to disguise themselves in your garden.
The list really could go on but the main takeaway from this article is that you should do everything in your power to make your house appear occupied, and block out the line of sight into your home in the process. This mainly revolves around window treatments – which arrive at a much smaller cost than that premium alarm system.