Home invasions are a very scary and very real thing. However, you can take steps to avoid having your home invaded in the first place, even if you’re bluffing. First thing you want to do is try to ward off any would-be criminals – especially desperate ones during a SHTF situation.
★ WARNING SIGNS
This can be achieved by having plenty of warning signs out in your front yard such as “beware of dog” and “Protected by [security company].” There’s nothing a burglar hates more than a loud dog that draws attention to them, and can even attack them.
Even if you don’t have a dog, put that sign up. Similarly, even if you don’t have a security system installed, you can still put up a sign and they won’t want to try to call your bluff.
★ CAMERAS / FAKE CAMERAS
You can put up cameras to really make sure they get the message – even if they’re not real. You can buy fake cameras that have real recording lights and everything online for $8.
You just have to screw it on somewhere and put two AA batteries in it and it will ward off most criminals. You can get multiple ones by all of your windows in order to ward off attackers from any angle.
Of course, it’s always best to get the real deal when it comes to a protective dog or a security system. But for those on a tight budget, it’s better to invest in fake security than have nothing at all.
★ AVOID VISIBLE ATTRACTORS
You should also make yourself a less assuming target. If you leave out tons of expensive potted plants, they might get the hint that you have extra money to spare, making you a target.
Some people mistakenly think that a welcome mat or funny sign warning, “This house is protected by the second amendment” will ward off criminals. In fact, criminals will only see this as a house with some expensive and easily pawned assets.
★ AVOID ANNOUNCING
Never ever mention that you’re going out on a vacation over social media. That is a wide open invitation for burglars to steal from you completely unopposed. Sometimes even these signs and measures won’t stop crazy criminals.
★ ADD LOCKS
You can take inexpensive measures to ensure that your home is safe. For example, a Master Lock security bar can make sliding doors and hinged doors practically impossible to break into without causing a huge racket.
They only cost around $20, and are a wonderful investment. You should always lock your windows, and you may even consider using one of the previously mentioned security bars to make sure they can’t open your windows without shattering them.
★ ACTIVATE YOUR CAR ALARM
One quick way to get the burglar out once you know someone has broken in is to keep your keys next to your bed, so that you can set off your car alarm to scare them off. The last thing any burglar wants is attention.