We all like to think that the generation we grew up in was the last one before everything went wrong. We look at those who came after us and think that they’re undoing all the good things our generation did. We naively forget that the generation before us thought that about us. We talk about how it was safe to walk the streets after dark when we were kids, even if it was no more so then than it is now.
The truth is, it’s reasonable to be cautious about crime. Not because there is any more of it than there used to be (in many cases, that’s not true at all), but because it does happen. And we don’t want it to happen to us. Who would? We’re rightly concerned about the idea that someone could invade our home. Once it has happened to you, it’s hard ever to feel safe there again. It’s right that you want to prevent it.
Deterrence: A Necessary First Step
There are so many stories about crimes taking place in a person’s home that it is easy to imagine it’s more common than it is. Really, most people you know will never be burgled. Most people anywhere will never be burgled. This doesn’t mean you can’t do things to drive the likelihood further down, such as burglar alarms and guard dogs. Don’t imagine that a box with the letters “ADT” on it can be all it takes to discourage a burglar, though. If they know what make and model the alarm is, sometimes they can bypass it.
The More You Do To Put Them Off, The Better
Since more sophisticated burglars know ways to bypass alarms, it is clear that an alarm on its own will not discourage these. You may need some more strings to your bow. Motion-sensing lights, which flick on when someone walks past, can startle an intruder enough to make them leave. Additionally, a strong door and visible locks will take much longer to bypass, increasing the chance of discovery. That makes it not worth their while to try.
Prepare For What You Will Do If It Happens
There is a lot that you can do to make your home less inviting to burglars, from the conventional to the more esoteric. But sometimes, despite our best efforts, they may get through the net. If this happens, you need to have a plan in mind. The first thing to do is ensure that all valuables are hidden away – this works as a deterrent as well as protecting them from theft. Secondly, you need to make sure your insurance protects you against any loss that may result.
Most importantly, you need to make sure you are protected. It helps to have a room that you (and your family) can go to and lock yourself away until the police come. Have your cell phone charged and available to you at all times, as well as a hard line connected to this room.
Additionally to these tips, do anything you can think of that allows you to feel more safe and confident in your own home. The laws where you live may dictate what you can and cannot have as a protection. Whatever the case, you should only engage a burglar as an absolute last resort. Trying to be a hero rarely ends well.