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When it comes to choosing a target, burglars are going to choose a home that seems like an easy mark. Fortunately, making your home an unfavorable target for burglars is easier than you think. Here’s how:

Lighting

Installing soffit lighting or motion sensors are easy ways to increase your home’s security without having to invest a lot. These upgrades will decrease shadowy or poorly-lit areas ideal for sneaky would-be burglars, but they will also increase the overall value of your home. LED retrofitting will further your savings.

Maintain Landscaping

Overgrown bushes and foliage can conceal ground floor windows creating an enticing point of entrance for burglars. Also, mulch, ground cover, or other landscaping elements make it easier to detect the trampled tell-tale footprints of a burglar. Well-maintained landscaping makes it more difficult to approach a home without suspicion.

Line of Sight

If a burglar sees something he wants, he’s going to attempt to get it. Avoid displaying expensive items such as glassware, china, or knick-knacks in full display of a window. When arranging furniture, pay attention to what will be visible through the window. Can your high-end stereo system or flat screen television be viewed from the street? If so, consider privacy curtains or drapes to conceal your belongings.

Plan for Vacations

Going on vacation can make your home an easy target for burglars. Purchase several wall-mount timers and stagger them throughout the house to mimic realistic daily use. Also, contact the post office prior to leaving and ask that they hold all mail. An overflowing mailbox is a sure indicator of an empty house. Finally, make arrangements with a neighbor or family member to move trash bins, water hanging plants, or take care of any other responsibilities that may be neglected while you are away.

Secure doors and windows

Burglars rarely walk up to the front door. Instead, they will look for a point of entry that may have been overlooked by the homeowner. Make sure all doors are equipped with deadbolts, especially back doors and garage doors. The same can be said about windows. Consider upgrading to glass block for basement windows, and be sure to replace cracked or old windows with shatter resistance panes. Finally, make sure all outdoor light fixtures are in working order.

When preparing your home, it’s important to think like a burglar. What looks enticing? What areas would you try to enter if you wanted to be undetected? Control what you can, and we can help. If you are in the Austin area and want to include new home lighting in your plan to prevent burglary, contact us for a free estimate. With more than 40 years of experience, we will provide you with the service and quality you need to keep your home safe.