Millions of homes are burgled each year, with total losses in the billions of dollars. That makes it important to try to burglar-proof your home. Consider taking the following steps:
Strengthen Door Security
Deadbolts aren’t always strong enough to withstand a well-directed hard kick. Strike plate screws should be longer than 3 inches, and you can also make doorjambs and strike plates stronger using a reinforcement kit.
Even if you don’t have an expensive security system that notifies the police or a security firm when someone breaks into your home, you can install inexpensive peel-and-stick alarms on vulnerable windows or doors to make sure any intrusion is greeted by a loud alarm.
Lock Patio Doors
Patio doors are a prime target for burglars. Deadbolt-style locks are inexpensive and easy to install.
Use a Safe — and Secure It
Keeping valuables and sensitive papers in a safe is a good idea, but if a burglar can easily find and remove your safe to force it open at his convenience, it doesn’t serve much purpose. Hide your safe and consider bolting it to the floor to keep it truly secure.