What Robbers Look For When Canvassing a Home

Being the victim of a home burglary is unsettling and unfortunate. Not only have you been robbed of your valuables, but your peace of mind has been affected as well; someone has been in your private space without your permission. However, Popsugar recently put together a list of things you could do to make your home look unappealing to burglars on the prowl for an easy target, and most of them are things you could fix in no time!

  • Have two locks on your front door. Two locks are better than one, and spell double the trouble for home invaders.

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  • While you’re at it, make sure your front door is freshly painted and well taken care of. This is a bit of a mind game, but doors that look well tended-to seem sturdier.

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  • Put away any trash that could show what large or expensive purchases you just made until trash day. The box for your new computer or TV is like a roadside advertisement for your home. 
  • Plant shrubs under your windows. Seriously. Make it harder for someone to hop in, and also trim your trees regularly if they hang close to the second story.

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  • Pull your curtains when you’re not home, so no one can “window shop” your house. They can’t see anything they want if they can’t see in!
  • Get an alarm system. This one might be expensive, but it’s worth it. Just seeing a little sticker on your front window that says which alarm company you have is enough to deter most home burglars from even attempting to get it.

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The bottom line of this list is to make sure your home looks like it’s not worth the trouble a burglar would have to go through to get in and get out with your stuff. Most criminals will pass right on by, because unfortunately, there’s always an easy target.