Home security statistics regarding theft can be hard to pin down because the type of crime committed is dependent on the circumstances under which it took place. In fact, a person who steals from you could be charged with larceny, burglary, or robbery depending on the specific circumstances under which the theft occurred. For example, larceny becomes robbery if a person or multiple people are present at the time of the crime and they are threatened or intimidated. The crime is escalated to armed robbery if a weapon is involved. 1
To make the statistics even more complicated, two of the above charges are classified as property crimes, while the third is classified as a violent crime. 2 However, the FBI estimates that a robbery takes place every 1.4 minutes, a burglary occurs every 14.6 seconds, and a larceny-theft is perpetrated every 5.1 seconds. 3 So, regardless of categorization it’s clear that theft is a very real problem for many people just like you every year.
Regardless of legal definitions and slippery statistics, however, I think we can all agree that a home invasion is an unthinkable nightmare. How often these crimes occur and what they are called doesn’t matter if it happens to you. At 4Sight Security, located in Idaho Falls, Idaho, we want to help keep our friends and neighbors safe from this kind of danger. To that end, we’ve put together this list of 7 DIY Home Security actions you can take to help make your home safer and more secure.
4Sight Security’s DIY Home Security Hacks
1. Don’t Make it Easy
A little common sense goes a long way toward good DIY home security. For example, always close accessible windows at night and when you’re away from home. You should also make sure that ladders and other tools are put away in a secure location when they’re not in use. In short, if your home doesn’t look easily accessible, it’s likely that a potential thief will move along to a place that looks easier to rob. Many of our other suggestions could fall under this heading, but they are important enough to warrant their own entry on our list.
2. Limit Interior Visibility
Window and door treatments like good blinds and shades can limit the visibility of your home’s interior. It’s not enough to have them though; you also have to use them. By limiting a person’s ability to see into your home, you make it harder for them to determine if anyone is home. It can also limit a person’s knowledge of your high-cost items that are easily accessible and movable.
3. Secure Ground Floor Windows
Ground floor windows are typically one of the weakest parts of a home. Make sure that you lock and secure all accessible windows whenever you are not at home — even for short periods of time. To make windows less accessible, you can plant thick, thorny bushes under the window’s exterior. Thieves tend to be lazy, and if they have to work to get to your window, they’re likely to move on to easier targets.
4. Upgrade All of Your Exterior Door Locks
You should definitely engage your standard door knob lock at night and when you’re away from home, but it’s not generally enough to deter a determined thief. Installing (and using!) deadbolts, security chains, and other secure door lock options is incredibly important. That’s because if you can increase the amount of time a potential home invader needs to break into your home, it may make them choose to move on before gaining access to your home.
5. Make Sure Your Exterior Doors Are of Solid Construction
Using solidly constructed exterior doors makes it exponentially more difficult for someone to break into your home than if you have cheap doors made of plywood or hollow wood. Solid wood or metal doors with little or no decorative glass may not be the prettiest to look at, but they can greatly improve your home security. You’ll also want to make sure that you have wide angle peepholes installed so that you can see who is at your door before you open it.
6. Install Outdoor Lighting with Motion Sensors
Potential burglars don’t want to be seen by people passing by. Therefore, one of the best things you can do for DIY home security is to make sure that people near your home can be seen. Outdoor lights with motion sensors can help you maintain home safety and security without greatly increasing your power bill.
7. Don’t Advertise Your Absence
If you are going to be away from your home for an extended period of time, make sure you don’t advertise that fact. Here are a few ways you can avoid this:
- Don’t post vacation dates on social media.
- Put a few interior lights on timers to give the impression that someone is home.
- Keep a car parked in front of your house.
- Stop your mail and newspaper deliveries while you’re away.
DIY Home Security May Not Be Enough
DIY home security can be a huge part of keeping your home safe, but you should be aware that it may not be enough. If you feel like you need more security than tips like these can provide, you may want to consider residential security services. 4Sight Security can help you find effective and affordable home security options that can help keep you and your family safe 24/7.