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Home security systems are your first line of defense against a burglar. Advancements in home security technology can help alert homeowners of potential burglaries.  Almost 90% of home burglaries can be prevented by implementing basic security defenses that make homes less attractive to criminals.

Here are eleven important tips to successfully burglar-proof your home.

1. Lock and Secure Your Doors and Windows

Start by making sure your doors are locked at all times, and your windows are shut and locked, particularly in the summer months. In addition, update screws on window frames from standard Philips screws to another type. This will make it tougher for burglars to open windows.

2. Keep Value Possessions Stored Away

You can minimize loss from a potential burglary by hiding away valuable possessions. Consider storing your valuables somewhere either extremely secure, like a safe, or in an unconventional or hidden place

3. Upgrade to Smart Locks

When it comes to home security, smart locks are a better option than traditional locks. With smart locks, homeowners get alerts when someone unlocks or opens their door. Many modern smart locks have a doorbell camera for increased security.

4. Install Motion-Detection Lights

If you’re on a long vacation or business trip, you’ll want to make sure it seems like someone is home. Smart lights and vacation modes make your house seem like someone is home even when you’re not around. With vacation mode, your lights will turn on and off to mimic people getting home in the evening, and waking up in the morning.

5. Eliminate Hiding Spots In Your Yard

To further burglar-proof your home, try to eliminate hiding spots on your property – particularly those hard to see spots at night. Consider trimming your bushes, and illuminating potential burglar hiding spots with floodlights.

6. Put Up a Security System Sign in Your Yard

It’s not a guarantee, but burglars are more likely to pass on a home that has a yard sign.

Signs are certainly helpful in preventing burglaries, but only to a point. You’ll need to take additional measures to prevent a burglary, including the installation of a reliable home security system. 

7. Invest in a Fence

A fence can deter home intruders from entering your home. Not only will high fences make it impossible for a burglar to physically get onto your property, but they maintain your privacy and prevent others from seeing onto your property. 

8. Keep Your Garage Locked

Consider equipping your garage door with a smart door system. Installing a smart garage door system can automatically close the door for you, and remind you if the door is left open for any reason.

9. Install Security Cameras

Security cameras are an excellent way to deter burglars and capture evidence if a break-in occurs. It’s critical your security cameras are installed in strategic locations, including home entry points.

10. Install Security Alarms

Burglar alarms are specifically designed to detect forced entry and are typically loud to scare off potential burglars. These alarms are triggered when someone tries to force open a door or window. Many burglar alarms are linked to a monitoring service that alerts the police.

11. Have Professional Monitoring

A home security system with 24/7 professional monitoring allows you to act on a burglary and alerts the authorities as quickly as possible. Professional monitoring alerts authorities on your behalf when you’re away from your home, sleeping, or unreachable. 

Closing Out: Protecting Your Home from a Potential Burglary

Burglaries can be avoided by having basic security defenses for your home in place. Installing a reliable home security system, along with other preventive measures, can be the difference between a traumatic experience or keeping your home and family safe.

At JCSN Systems, we provide security for Greater Boston homeowners to keep their families safe and protected. Give us a call for security system, installation, maintenance, or repair services.