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Protect Your Home Against Break-Ins

Our homes are our most valuable possessions. We do everything we can to keep them safe and sound. Yet, we all hear local news stories about residential break-ins, where thieves would steal jewelry, cash, silverware, laptops, expensive electronics, etc. Sometimes even in broad daylight! It’s not a pleasant sight, to see your home was broken into, and your valuables gone. What’s even more troubling is homeowners not doing enough to prevent it.

Protect your home from break-ins

Protect your home from break-ins

In this post, we’ll go over some most common home security options and a few general tips to help deter the thieves, and keep your home safe and secure.

  1. Get a home alarm system – this is essential protection that will thieves away or at get them caught. You can either get a professional company to come out, evaluate your needs and setup a home security system, that can be monitored live. Alternatively there are home security systems such as Nest that can be setup easily and would save you thousands.
  2. Cover windows so that nobody can pry in and see what you have inside. Plus it gives you privacy. You’d be surprised how much you can see into people’s homes from outside on a dark night if their windows aren’t covered.
  3. Lock all doors and windows, garages, sliding doors and sliding windows too. Make sure to use the door stopper if you have one. For sliding doors you should definitely have one. Of course, all your doors and windows should be in good condition.
  4. Don’t keep keys under floor mats or flowers pots. Thieves will look there first. So that’s not a good idea to put anything there.
  5. Lock your jewelry, expensive stuff and valuables in a home safe or in a bank’s safety deposit box. Just don’t let it sit around your bedroom. If someone gets in, that’s the first place they’ll go look.
  6. Don’t post your travel plans on social media accounts (eg. check-ins, pictures of valuables, announcing you’r going on a vacation). By letting everyone know you’re not home, you’re risking someone going there to try and rob you.
  7. Light up your house well. Shady business is less likely to happen if the area is well lit. Make sure you have all corners of your house lit up and have motion sensors to activate lights if someone approaches.
  8. Get a guard dog if you can. Nothing stops the bad guys like a good guard dog.
  9. Always look who’s knocking. Check through the peephole so you’re not in for a nasty surprise. Today you can also get video door bell which brings it up on your smartphone, even if you’re not home.
  10. Eliminate hiding spaces around outside your house where thieves can hide eg. untrimmed bushes, old cluttered sheds. Keep your property clean and secure with very little hiding spots.

Do you have any recommendations or tips to help homeowner keep their property and valuable secure? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

This real estate advice was brought to you by Lori VanDinther, Burlington RE/MAX sales representative and a team lead of Team VanDinther. As a long time resident of Burlington, Lori has been helping home owners buy/sell their property. Contact Lori VanDinther today for all your Burlington real estate needs.

10 Ways to Make Your Home More Secure

How to secure your home

With close to 200,000 house break-ins in 2010, this offence was one of the most common property crimes reported by police, accounting for 15% of all property-related incidents.

Once you go through all the trouble and headache of finding and buying that perfect dream home – you want to enjoy it in peace. Breaking and entering crimes and theft incidents are happening all the time, with close to 200,000 house break-ins in 2010, this offence was one of the most common property crimes reported by police, accounting for 15% of all property-related incidents. In this article I’ll show you 10 top things to consider when make your home more secure and thief-proof.

  1. Get rid of excess shrubbery so you have a better view of the street and your neighbours. The less spots for the thief to hide the better.
  2. Install strong outside lighting with motion sensors and keep few main lights inside and outside on during night. Thieves hate being exposed.
  3. Add bars to your basement windows so nobody can enter through there. Also make sure you take the crank out of your windows if they have it. If you got the twist latch windows – pin two parts of window together. Close the windows, drill holes through the frames where they overlap on each side, then slide in long nails in each hole.
  4. Install a double-cylinder lock that takes keys on both sides. Consider the new safety glass designed for windowed doors. Consider heavy doors with as less openings (dog/cat doors, large mailboxes, etc.) as possible.
  5. Always keep garage doors locked! If you can install a web camera in there. “Recode” your automatic garage-door openers so thieves can’t try to open it using generic factory setting signal code.
  6. Install a solid security system. Make sure you inform yourself with the security company’s reputation and history to make sure you’re dealing with the best.
  7. Be part of the “Neighbourhood Watch” program. Keep an eye on your neighbours’ property, ask them to do the same for you, and call the police if you notice anything suspicious.
  8. Get a dog or at least pretend to have one. It’s a fact – dogs can be excellent watchers and warn you of an intruder.
  9. Hide you money, jewellery and very expensive stuff, either get a safe or put it in a bank vault. Don’t leave it exposed or flash it to everyone. Also lock up your ladders, tools and anything that might help the thief break into your home.
  10. Install a peephole in all solid exterior doors, including the door that connects to the garage so you can always see who’s on the other side.

If you have any great tips or advice on how to make your home more secure, please share it, drop me a line or leave a comment.

 


Lori VanDinther
is a professional Burlington Ontario real estate agent with RE/MAX Garden City
Realty Inc., Brokerage. If you’re thinking of moving into Burlington or selling your existing home – give Lori a call.