Home burglaries, in short, are a huge inconvenience. Not only is a break-in dangerous to you and your family, but they could end up costing you a lot of money. Obviously investing in a home security system is step one toward making your home safer, but is there more you can do?
We spoke with security experts to get their takes on how effective yard signs can be at deterring burglaries and what else you can do to safeguard your home.
Do Security System Yard Signs Matter?
“Signage can play a role in crime prevention around a home or business, however, the message displayed on the sign is only as substantial as the resource that the sign represents,” says Jason Mordecai, key contributor to Security Advisor Blog and expert in security and risk assessment. He points out that simply having a security sign won’t necessarily keep burglars away and that it comes down to your house as a whole. “For signage to add value, it needs to become the visual symbol of your well-planted security ecosystem,” he says.
If you think putting a security system yard sign in your yard without actually having the security system might do you some favors, you might not be pleased with the outcome. Though Daniel Velez, founder and CEO of Home-Security.com says that something as simple as a sign might slow a burglar down, it’s not foolproof. “It makes a burglar hesitate about moving forward,” he says.
Backing up your yard sign with an actual security system, though, is the best way to safeguard your home. It’s easy enough to find the best home security systems in your area with Safety.com's handy guide and make the investment for a safer experience at home. That way when you put the yard sign up noting which security system you have, you have the actual system to back it up.
What Do I Need to Know About Burglars?
Even if you have a security system in place, it is smart to be knowledgeable about the types of burglars and burglaries that are out there. This will help you be more prepared should a problem arise. Here’s a brief rundown of what you should know:
- Opportunistic burglars: These are the people who quite literally take the opportunity to rob your home or property. These are the ones who don’t necessarily plan things out ahead of time and simply seize the opportunity because you’re not home or they saw a weakness in your security system.
- Prowlers: These burglars do their research and have a plan in place before robbing someone. Most likely they’ve been paying attention to your schedule so they know when you’ll be out of the house, making it more easy for them to break in.
- Looters: These burglars are the least likely for you to deal with on a typical day. They generally prey on disasters, like weather mishaps or home damage. Basically if something has caused you to evacuate your home, looters are the ones who will swoop in and rob it.
- Professionals: Quite literally, these are the people who have made breaking and entering into a lifestyle. They’re very good at what they do and they do it often. They’re the most difficult to thwart, unfortunately, and they are probably familiar with your security system.
Though it can be scary and disheartening to educate yourself on burglars, arming yourself with more information can help keep you, your family, and your home safe. Knowing how savvy some burglars are should convince you to invest in a high-quality security system. Also knowing where burglars are most likely to strike is useful as well. They will look for weak spots in your property — a side door that you don’t always lock, a window you sometimes forget about, your car that you park in the driveway, etc. Be familiar with your home so you can keep it safe.
What Else Can I Do to Safeguard My Home?
We can’t stress enough how important it is to invest in a home security system. Install a system that includes video so you have evidence, should a break-in happen. High-quality systems that alert the authorities can be the right choice if you’re extra concerned about the safety in your neighborhood, but an alarm and video are the most important aspects to consider..
Once you have the security system and yard sign in place, make sure it’s visible from the road or sidewalk. If you’ve made it obvious that you have cameras and security, chances are a burglar will be less likely to try anything at your house — but it’s important to have both pieces. A yard sign alone won’t help if someone tries to break in.
And then obviously make sure you always lock windows and doors, even if you’re home, and check your house for any weak spots — broken locks, a gate that doesn’t latch, etc. Make sure to maintain these areas so your house is secure.
While a security system yard sign alone may not fully thwart burglars, pairing your yard sign with a video-enabled security system can. Invest in a high-quality home security system so that you can safeguard your house from burglars and make sure to maintain it so it’s always working.
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