Top home security tips & tricks to defend against burglars


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Wouldn’t it be nice if the world in which we lived allowed us to live with our doors wide open? Unfortunately, home burglaries happen more often than you think. According to the FBI, a burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the United States. The city of Houston alone had 27,549 home burglaries in 2011, according to the “FBI Nation Uniformed Crime Reports.”

When it comes to protecting your home, it’s never too late to start thinking about home security. To keep you one step ahead of burglars, check out this list of the best and most effective home security tips to deter a burglar from choosing your home.

Home burglaries may seem random in occurrence, but they actually involve a selection process. It’s pretty simple actually. Burglars pick their targets by looking for these signs:

  • An unoccupied home with the easiest access;
  • Any sort of cover that can shield him from neighborly eyes;
  • Quick escape routes; and
  • Something worth stealing.

So what can you do to prevent a burglar from targeting your home?

Home security landscaping: Trim those bushes. Any kind of high vegetation that might be covering your windows gives a burglar an opportunity to smash them without ever being detected. Cover is a burglar’s best friend.

Knock down privacy fences: Burglars are always on the hunt for homes with privacy fencing. A burglar can easily access a back door or window without ever being detected by a neighbor.

Put your kids’ power wheels in the garage: This might sound like a strange tip, but burglars are always on the lookout for kids’ toys left out on the lawn. Toys and playground equipment are signs to a burglar that a child lives there, which in most cases means a mother lives there, too. And if a mom lives there, guess what else probably does? Here’s a hint: It’s shiny, might be from Tiffany’s and sells for a whole lot on the black market.

Social media status: Avoid posting your next vacation plans on Facebook or Twitter. This is as good as putting a sign on the main road that screams “empty house” for passersby to see. Burglars troll the Internet for targets, so be careful what you post.

If all else fails, here’s some tips to fortify your home:

  • Upgrade your locks and doorframe: 34% of burglars enter through the front door.
  • Flaunt your home security system: Burglars won’t even attempt to break into your home if they know you have a security system in place.
  • Hide your valuables: Keep important items like jewelry, family heirlooms, prescription drugs and cash in a safe.
  • Lock it up: This should go without saying, but it’s surprisingly common to hear stories of people forgetting to lock their doors, allowing a burglar to strike.


Let’s face it: Burglars may not be the smartest criminals out there, but if they see an open opportunity, they’ll take it! With that in mind, the best solution is installing a home security system. This way if they ever gain access to your home, the sound of a blaring siren — and the threat of approaching police — should quickly drive them away.

Kevin Raposo is a blogger for SimpliSafe & Infobia. Kevin covers issues related to home security, crime, safety and consumer issues. He is a dedicated writer and musician, spreading the word through music and blogging. SimpliSafe is a leader in the wireless home security field.