How to Prevent a Robbery


In today's tough economy, home invasions are sadly becoming more real. People are losing their items, and many may never see them again. If you don't want your house robbed, this guide will show you some easy steps you can take to prevent a break-in.

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Getting one isn't very hard and usually not expensive. These alarms can be a great deterrent for burglars. Make sure, however, that it is professionally installed. Ensure that the alarm works by checking it regularly.[1] If you are unable to buy an alarm system, placing stickers or signs that announce the presence of an alarm is a smart move. They are available for free or at low prices from many security companies.

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Unlocked doors and windows make it easy for someone to rob your house. If a lock doesn't work, get it fixed immediately. It is recommended that you buy a deadbolt lock, preferably one that is high quality. They are available for purchase at most hardware stores. Also, consider getting a hardwood or reinforced door if you live in a high crime area.[2]

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As strange as it may seem, people may want to rob you for what is on a box at the end of your driveway. If you have a box that shows a plasma screen TV or something else very expensive, you want to get rid of it.[3]

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If a house looks vacant and unprepared, that house may be a victim of a robbery. Leaving lights on is a safe measure for any house. This can be done by setting up a timer to your lights to turn them on at specific times. Set them to realistic periods, such as in the evening, and not very late at night. Doing this will prevent suspicion.[4]

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If you're going to be gone for a while, neighbors can help protect your house. You can give a spare key to your neighbors if you have a good relationship with them and can trust them to have your back in case of an emergency. Your neighbors can also report any suspicious activity if they see it.[5]

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Leaving it open, even during the day puts your car and its contents at risk from strangers passing your house. Be especially vigilant about closing it at night. If you see your neighbors garage open after bedtime, call them to let them know. They will appreciate the call, and likely return the favor if you inadvertently leave your garage open.[6]

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This goes for your car as well. Install thick curtains for your windows and make sure to close them when you are not home. You may want to buy a cover for your car if necessary, or leave your valuables out of sight.

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Keep a key for the deadbolt inside the house near the door at all times so you can escape easily in case of a fire.[7]

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Examples of such bushes are many types of roses, as well as holly plants. Roses and holly both look nice and have sharp thorns to prevent robbers from breaking in. Make sure to trim the plants whenever necessary.[8]

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This especially holds true if you are going to be away from your house for a while. Thick and unkempt shrubbery is a clear giveaway that you are not home, and haven't been for a while.

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For sliding windows use channel locks that clamp on or a stick that keeps the window from sliding open. Once in your garage, thieves have many opportunities to break into your house using your own tools from the garage. And unfortunately once in your garage often the door leading into your home is unlocked. So lock it, with a dead bolt, and keep it locked when you are gone or asleep.

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These can often be reached by athletic youth or experienced thieves seeking easy access into your home. If you live in an area with a high crime rate, you may want to install metal bars over your windows. Metal bars will essentially eliminate most threat of burglars breaking in through an upper story window.[9]

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Leave them on when you are gone, or put them on motion sensors, and/or light sensors so they are on at dusk and/or when someone approaches your house.[10]

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You may want to invest in a car alarm as well. Use a pedal jack to ensure that no one can drive away with your vehicle.[11]

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Never leave a spare key under the doormat or in a plant pot. Most thoughtful thieves will find a hidden key if they have time to search. If you have to keep a key outside your home keep it at a neighbors house. You could even keep it hidden in a lockbox outside their house if you are concerned about them being unavailable when you need your key.[12]

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Don't use a number that could be looked up by a determined thief. Avoid birthdays, addresses, phone numbers, or sequenced or repetitive numbers. It is okay, not best, but okay to combine numbers, such as the first two digits of your phone number plus the month you were born. Or you could use two digits from your Mom's birthday and two digits from your Dad's birthday. Don't share this code with anyone but your immediate family.

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If you have valuable equipment or tools, put them out of sight, out of mind. For a few it, may be tempting to help themselves to your stuff, or tell a friend where there are some valuable items to be lifted at a later date.