12 Secrets Home Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

Imagine coming home from a vacation or at the end of a workday to find your house ransacked and your family heirlooms and other valuables missing.  You feel violated and wonder if the criminals will come back.  Now you must spend hours making insurance claims, filing police reports and trying to replace your belongings.  This doesn’t have to be you.  Knowing how thieves operate can help you outsmart them.

Follow these tips to lessen your chances of being a victim:

  1. Leave a radio on near the front door when you are gone.  Choose a talk radio station.  If a burglar hears voices he will go to another house.


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  2. Put up alarm system signs and stickers in your yard and on doors/windows even if you don’t have an alarm system.  Generic signs are best because they don’t warn the burglar of exactly what kind of system you have so they are less prepared to disarm it.  These signs can be found at Amazon.com or possibly your local hardware store.
  3. Burglars spend more time searching master bedrooms than any other room.  They spend the least amount of time in kids’ rooms.  Hide valuables inside a stuffed animal in your kid’s room not in your sock drawer.
  4. Do not post on Facebook or Twitter that you are out of town.  Wait until returning from your trip to post vacation photos and do not post your home address.  Social media crime is becoming more common.
  5. Use timers on lamps in front rooms when you will be gone.  Set them to come on at dusk and off around 10 or 11 pm.  Leaving the same light on constantly the whole time you are gone can signal a burglar that you are not there.
  6. Keep the outside of your house well-lit.  Burglars often choose a house primarily because of poor lighting and seclusion. Motion-detector lights are worth the investment.
  7. Get to know your neighbors.  The better they know you, the more likely they will keep an eye on your house when you are gone.
  8. Get a dog.  Even a small loud, yippy dog can go a long way in preventing a break-in.  Animal shelters are full of dogs that would make great burglary deterrents.
  9. If you do not want a dog, get a very large dog bowl and leash and put them outside the front door.
  10. Take your phone off the hook when on vacation.  Some burglars may call first.  If you don’t answer they will assume no one is home.
  11. Get an air horn.  If you hear someone breaking in while you are home go to the opposite side of  the house near a window and blast the horn.  These horns can be heard from a far distance and will scare off most burglars.
  12. Put small gravel in your driveway and around windows and doors.  It makes  lots of noise when walking on it.  Thieves don’t like this.

1 Comment so far

  1. JamesKona on July 17th, 2013

    The number of home burglaries traditionally spike in the summer months. Light timers and Fake TV (www.faketv.com) are excellent solutions to deter burglars. Also, playing anti-theft home occupancy sounds MP3 or a CD (sells on Amazon or at http://www.webensource.com/burglar_deterrent_cd/ ) in home while away is a great way to trick burglar that someone is in.

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