Burglary and break-ins are the most frequent crimes in the US. Help protect your home from a potential home invasion with these tips to increase security at home.

1. Remember to Lock Exterior Doors & Windows

Many burglaries occur because a door or window was left unlocked. Lock up anytime you leave the house, even if it is just for a quick errand. Check to confirm that other possible entryways, such as the garage and sliding glass doors, are secured as well.

2. Install A Security System

Use technology to increase security at home. Many security systems have smart-home options that allow you to keep an eye on your home while you’re away. A home security system will give you peace of mind that your home is under surveillance. It is also an effective way to alert police and catch intruders in the act.

3. Increase Security at Home with Better Outdoor Lighting

Well-lit exteriors make a home less appealing to a thief. Lighting gives the impression that someone is at home. Burglars target houses with minimal lighting to reduce the risk of being spotted. Motion activated lights are useful in deterring unwelcome visitors and improving home security.

4. Avoid Posting Your Whereabouts on Social Media

When traveling with your family, resist posting notifications on social media and hold off on sharing vacation photos until you return home. Don’t tell everyone in your social network that you’ll be away from home for an extended period of time.

5. Don’t Display Valuable Items

Increase security at home by not leaving valuables where they can be seen through an open window. For example, don’t install your expensive television in plain sight from your living room windows. Limit the time that your garage door is open to avoid displaying the contents of your home to potential intruders.

6. Keep Your Shrubbery Trimmed to Increase Security at Home

Burglars feel sheltered behind tall bushes while they try to force windows open. Trim foliage near windows and doors. You will make your home safer by eliminating the cover provided by overgrown bushes.

7. Increase Security at Home by Making the House Look Occupied

When you are going to be out of the house, make it look like someone is home. To increase security at home, buy timers for lamps and install automatic lights that come on at dark. Consider a smart home system that allows you to control the lighting, TV, and blinds remotely.

8. Share House-Watching Duties With a Neighbor

To prepare for out-of-town trips, ask a trusted family member or neighbor look after your home and collect your mail until you return. When your neighbors travel, you can return the favor.

One of the best things you can do to increase security at home is to practice common sense. Locking the doors and being aware of basic safety protocols will help make your home and property less appealing to burglars.

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