Home Safety Hacks

A burglar looks at a house.
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Your home should be a place where you feel safe and comfortable, but there is always the threat of a break-in. Whether you live in the safest city in America or you live in a crime-ridden neighborhood, break-ins occur every 20 seconds in the United States. You will be glad to know that these are a few DIY safety hacks that will help you protect your home and family from being involved in one.

These ideas are relatively simple, they don’t cost a lot of money, and they can be used in a crisis situation. Plus, they increase the likelihood a burglar will skip your home and opt for an easier target.

Plants and Shrubbery

Prickly shrubs.

You can use plants as a protective barrier by planting thorny varieties beneath your windows. Holly, thistles, rugosa rose bushes, blackberry vines, and bougainvillea are all excellent plants to deter entry into your home.

These plants don’t have to look ugly and forbidding. You can easily maintain them and keep them looking amazing while they work every day to keep your home safe.

Windows and Sliding Glass Doors

A home with a sliding glass door.

Obviously, the most common entry point in a break-in is the front door, and the second most common are windows and secondary doors. Sliding glass doors are highly susceptible to break-ins because you can easily lift them off of their tracks, and windows can also be forced open.

To make windows and sliding glass doors bigger obstacles you can put something in the track to stop them from opening. Charlie bars and metal or wooden rods in the track of a sliding glass door will keep the door from being shifted off the track. You can do the same thing for windows.

Screws in the track and additional locks will also help secure your home.

Sneaky Spare Keys

A hidden key.

Believe it or not, burglars are pretty smart when it comes to finding hidden spare keys. You might think you are pretty clever when you hide a key on your property, but they know where to look. Avoid obvious locations like under the mat or planter. Instead, choose a place that is at least fifty feet from your home and use a coded key vault-like what real estate agents use.

If you have a little bit of money to spend, you can replace your traditional locks with electronic keyless door locks that will work with your phone, and you will never need to use a key again.

Light It Up

A motion sensor light.

Criminals love the dark, so taking that element away from your property can increase your odds of never being a burglary victim. Motion sensors on your outdoor lighting help save money while adding the element of surprise that is effective at preventing thieves from breaking in.

It is also a good idea to have lighting that will light up the area you use when you are outside, and also areas that could be broken into.

Make It Look Like You are Home

Mail on a white background.

If a burglar thinks there is someone in the home, there is a much better chance that they will pass up your house. Since most break-ins happen when no one is home, taking some steps to make it look like someone is there is a good idea.

Something as simple as leaving on the TV or using a Wi-Fi smart socket outlet can fool a possible intruder. The smart socket outlets allow you to control lights and electronic devices from your phone.

If you are going out of town for a while have the post office hold your mail and ask a neighbor to stop by and check the property, and arrange to have your yard maintained so your house appears lived-in.