No matter where you live, your home is a potential target for enterprising thieves. You don’t have to live in a bad neighborhood to be the victim of burglary, but far too many families do nothing to prepare themselves, and their property, to confront this threat. In fact, many common home security myths and misconceptions may be standing between your family and safety.
1. A False Sense of Security.
As mentioned above, it doesn’t necessarily matter where you live or how many people are usually around your home. Potential burglars will find a way around neighbors or high-traffic roads. Any home is a potential target, even those in quiet suburban neighborhoods. If you've ever watched the news, you've probably heard victims of crime exclaiming that they though it would never happen to them, or in their neighborhood, or even to anyone they knew.
2. Security Systems
There are a few myths that go along with security systems. Some people don’t want to purchase a security system because they assume that the cost is too high, or that the system won’t actually prevent thieves from breaking into their home. Actually, security alarms and related devices are a cost-effective and essential strategy to keeping burglars at bay. However, while security systems can deter criminals, those alarms are not necessarily a complete preventative. After all, banks certainly have powerful security systems, yet occasionally, even they get robbed. Security systems are a great first step, but these alarms shouldn't be your only step towards home security.
3. Relying on Guard Dogs
Animals can also be a great deterrent, but even well trained animals can be bribed with food and treats.
4. A Safe is Safe
Safes are a great tool to use as well, but there is no guarantee that a burglar won’t be able to crack a safe. Some safes are small enough that a burglar might just decide to take the whole unit with them. While safes can be a great investment, consult with professionals and make sure the safe is in a concealed location. Or, opt for a diversion safe – shaped like an ordinary household object – to reduce the possibility that a burglar will focus his attention on your safe.
5. The Good Neighbor
Even if you have vigilant or nosy neighbors, there is no guarantee that they will see or report any suspicious behavior. Professional thieves are savvy enough to keep an eye on your activities as well as the activities of your neighbors. Though forming a 'neighborhood watch' group can be an effective way of banding together to stop criminal activities or mischief in your community, it's also important to take responsibility for your own safety and security, rather than relying on others to see and stop the problem.
So what’s the moral of this story? If you want to keep your home safe you should be aware that you’ll need to take advantage of several different security precautions. As the adage goes: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Keep your belongings out of sight when not in use and make sure your valuables are insured. Install several different security devices to reduce the possibility of being targeted by a thief.