A number of things make a home more attractive to thieves than others. Common sense tells us that a well-lit house is less likely to be broken into than a dark one; that it is not a good idea to leave a ladder in the yard that can be used to climb in through that open upstairs window. Yet, many homeowners fail to take simple inexpensive measures to protect their homes from burglars.


Thick brushes in front of homeMotion lights can be found at any home supply or hardware store, even in some supermarkets. Many are now solar powered and all are relatively inexpensive. The simple triggering of light upon approach to the house is an immediate deterrent to thieves.

If present, alarms should be set whether you are at home or out of the house. Furthermore, telephone and electrical lines need to be buried, so thieves do not cut through them to disable the alarm. Remote controls should never be left in unlocked cars in the driveway.

Gates and garage doors should be locked. Noisy metal gates that squeak when they are opened are a good low-cost alarm system. Wooden doors with recessed hinges and deadbolts are the best. Consider getting a dog that will serve as both the family pet and a deterrent to any would-be thieves.

The exterior of the house can also invite thieves. Thick bushes offer hiding spaces, often with easy access to a window. Windows and patio doors need to be equipped with locking mechanisms, a few screws placed to prevent the opening of the window or the removal of a screen from its frame. Thought needs to be given to the packaging of expensive items that is being placed out for recycling,  which advertise the latest purchases and tempt thieves to take a look inside. Simple measures like these safeguard the home.