We all train and prepare to be able to use our firearms to defend ourselves in any life threatening situation but of course we hope we don't have to. This article will outline things you can do to increase your home security and make it less likely that you will have to use the gun.
1. Good Exterior Lighting:
Intruders love the dark and hate the light. This is low hanging fruit for making your house a much more difficult target than any of your neighbors. Don't forget about the side and back of the house in your lighting strategy. Where appropriate use motion sensor lights that can be left on 24 hours a day.
2. Well Trimmed Vegetation
Eliminate places to hide by keeping the bushes, trees, and hedges well trimmed, particularly those that are up against the house.
3. A Reinforced Door
Hollow doors are very easy to kick in. Make sure your door is solid and has no glass windows in it.
4. Get a Deadbolt
I'm still surprised how many exterior doors I see without a deadbolt. Adding one is a really easy way to more than double your home's security. Make sure you have a deadbolt on all exterior doors including the door from the garage to the home.
5. An Alarm System
Monitored or not, intruders don't like loud noises or the idea of the cops showing up.
6. A Barking Dog
Intruders don't like noise or sharp teeth. Dogs tend to make both. If you don't have or want a dog you can get one of these barking noise machines.
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8. Security System Signs
You don't have to have the system… just the warning sign that says you do.
9. Maintain the Front Yard
Neglecting the grass or snow is a sign that you don't care or may be out of town.
10. Secured or Locked Garage Door
Garage doors can be easy to disable and open if proper caution isn't taken.
11. Window Coverings For the Garage
Allowing the potential intruder to take a look through the window to see if you are home, and what valuables you have in the garage isn't a good idea
12. Locks on Windows
You would be surprised how many Americans lock the door but leave the window open.
13. Pick up the mail and newspaper
Accumulated mail or newspapers also suggest you are out of town.
No matter how strong the door, eventually someone can force their way in if the door jam gives way. It isn't as hard as you think to kick in a door if the door frames are old or weak.
15. Use timers on lights in the house
Home or not you should give the appearance of being occupied.
16. Hide the Spare Key Somewhere Else
Intruders know to look in the common places for your spare house key. FBI stats suggest that 12% of home burglaries occur in which the intruder does NOT have to force their entry.
17. Do Not Put Your Full Name On Your Mailbox or in the Phone Book
Intruders gain an advantage when they know your first and last name.
18. Install Peepholes
Every exterior door including the one from the house to the garage.
19. Use Internal Door Hinges
If your door hinges are on the outside have the door re-hung to move them inside.
20. Put some solder on the screws of your window hinges or locks
To prevent intruders from unscrewing them.
21. Don't Advertise You Are Gone
Those vacation pictures on Facebook may be tempting… but are your privacy settings protecting you from advertising your absence.
22. Forward Your Home Phone
Burglars often call the number to see if anyone will answer before they attempt a break-in.
23. Park Your Car In The Garage
Parking the car on the street or in the driveway makes it easier for potential intruders to identify if you are home and discern your habits.
24. Put a security film on glass that is close to a lock
So that the glass can't be broken easily to give the intruder access to reach in for the lock.
25. Use A Rod in the track of sliding glass doors or windows
To prevent them from being opened.
26. Never leave a tall ladder outside
That an intruder could use to reach upper level windows.
27. Cut back tree limbs that hang on or near the house
It makes it all to easy for the intruder to just climb the tree to gain access to a 2nd story window or attic that you left unlocked.
28. Get to know your Neighbors
They will watch your “back” and you watch theirs.
29. Never leave notes on your door for service people
It is really easy to tell you are not home when the note on the door says you are not home.
30. Lock the Gate
31. Notify the City of Nearby Street Lamps Burn Out
Those street lights are your friend and the enemy of potential intruders. If you see they require maintenance be sure to notify someone.
32. Research the Criminal History of Your Home
Did you recently move in? You want to know if the home was previously owned by gang members or drug dealers. One of the past associates may coming looking one day and it will help if you know what you are dealing with. Contact your local law enforcement and ask them to do a search based on your address.
33. Pay Attention to Foot Traffic
Get familiar with the people who walk by with their dog and run past during their workouts. This will make it easier for you to spot the outlier or anyone who might be casing the home and trying to learn your habits.
34. Sleep With Your Car Alarm Remote on the Nightstand
If you think you hear something during the night you can reach for your key remote and activate the panic alarm in the car. This emits a very loud and annoying alarm that is likely to deter intruders.
35. Change all the locks when you move into a new house
Who knows who the previous owners gave a key to and now has access to your home.
There you have it. Those are the 35 home defense tactics to deter criminals. Did we miss any? If you think we did, make sure you let us know in the comments section.