Seven Crucial Tactics for Home Security

Home Security is a crucial part of today's society. Break in’s are up 19% over the last 5 years and both burglaries and home invasions are on the top of the list for threats to your loved ones and assets.

What is the difference between burglaries and home invasions? Basically burglaries happen while you’re not at home. The key motive of a burglar is to steal your valuables. Home invasions can happen if the burglar was not aware you were home, but also includes criminals who are looking to hurt you or others as their main motive.

Both are sadly risks that you need to plan for in this day and age.

The main ways to protect your home fall into two categories: deterring future criminals and defending against attacking criminals.

You can deter future criminals and minimize the risk of burglary and home invasion by making your home look less desirable to break into. This goes for a condo in the city, to a house in the woods. Criminals aren’t regulated to just one zip code, and if they think you’re worth targeting – they will.

You can defend yourself and belongings against criminals with skill-sets. If you’re faced with an attacker in person, you have to be very careful to protect yourself. Criminals often don’t think logically and may make very crazy decisions.

The best thing to do is prepare for the worst and have a plan in place. So here are the 7 crucial tactics for home security:

[1] Prevent break-ins with heavy duty locks on all doors and windows. Make sure to include all points of entry, such as a garage or shed as well. More than 60% of thieves come in through unlocked doors and windows. Criminals often admit to looking through windows to survey the goods and check to see if it’s locked. Even second story windows are at risk.

[2] Maintain property to prevent criminals from hiding, waiting, or stalking. Trim bushes and trees, make sure entry points are visible, and note any unusual activity outside. Thefts and burglars often admitted to looking for piled up newspapers or ignored flyers as signs that nobody is home.

[3] Get to know your neighborhood. Neighborhood watch programs have been shown to lower neighborhood burglaries by up to 60%.

Home invasions typically require homework. People will have to watch you and learn your daily routine for quite awhile in order to determine the best time to attack you. They often will work in pairs as well. Note any suspicious or recurring characters in your route. Try to not follow the same routine every day.

Be cautious when helping out a stranger. Especially if you’re unaccompanied. Don’t help them load packages into vans or trucks, and don’t walk them home alone. Definitely don’t let strangers into your home. For example, if a man comes to your door asking to use your phone to call a tow truck, just call the police for him. They can be happy to assist and there’s no need to put you or your home in danger.

[4] Invest in a Security alarm system. If you don’t want to do that, set up a fake one. Put up fake cameras and put stickers or signs on windows to deter suspicious people. You can also invest in some good motion sensor lights. They often deter criminals at night as they draw attention to the property. One thing to note is not to put the security pad in sight from the outside (through a window). That invites the criminal to see if it’s set and if not, he knows he’s going in.

[5] Consider having dogs. They have excellent senses and can alert you to strangers before you know they’re on your property. A recent study by the University of North Carolina showed dogs to be one of the biggest reasons a burglary will skip your house! Both guard dogs (big dogs that could be intimidating or threatening) and loud dogs (smaller inside dogs that bark often and alert everyone to a person’s presence) were both identified as one of a burglars most hated security pieces.

[6] Learn self defense. Being able to defend yourself from attackers could save you or your loved ones lives. Self defense classes will help you learn how to properly handle someone who has you in a hold.

Many people chose to have a weapon to defend themselves. Just remember to take precaution and know how to use it!

If you are going to have a gun, invest in a local gun range’s classes to get you familiar with shooting and safety. If you are going to carry mace, make sure to test it out once so you know how it works (not on a person or animal, just test the nozzle).

[7] Pick up a few good skill sets, like lock-picking and how to escape a kidnapping. They could make or break the situation if you ever have to rely on them. For example, if a thief breaks in and finds you unexpectedly – sometimes they lock you in a closet or somewhere where they think you won’t bother them while they finish the robbery. Being able to pick the lock and run for safety could save you your life. You can learn lock-picking online through videos or forums, and kits are very inexpensive.

There are many other scenarios you could research and plan for as well. There are plenty of websites and local classes devoted to teaching crime safety tips for being mugged, held at gunpoint, car theft, and kidnapping.

Protecting yourself, your loved ones, and your valuables will always be important and more crucial than ever in these changing times. More criminals are emerging and they have more dangerous tactics than ever. They have more access to weapons and data that they will use to harm you.

There are many ways to stay safe, we’ve just listed our 7 top choices for home security. The main factors of safety always remain the same. Be aware of your surroundings and don’t go anywhere unsafe. Be wary of strangers. Learn how to defend yourself if an incident occurs.

Using these tactics will help you identify risks and plan for the worst. Good luck out there.

Reahanna Parker is a Digital Marketing Specialist for Champion National Security.