Your home should be a place where you feel safe and secure, but unfortunately crime can happen in any neighborhood.
Your home should be a place where you feel safe and secure, but unfortunately crime can happen in any neighborhood. While you cannot control the actions of criminals, you can be diligent in order to lower the risk of you or your property being victimized.
One major factor in preventing crime is being aware of your surroundings and taking notes of all suspicious activity. Neighbor Watch Corporation has developed a unique online platform that can help you and your neighbors report criminal activity so everyone in your neighborhood can be aware and possibly help identify suspicious persons to law enforcement. If we as neighbors come together and take a stand against crime we can help law enforcement in a great way. Law enforcement can't be everywhere at once, but people can. We need to be the eyes and ears for law enforcement so criminals will fail when it comes to committing crimes in our neighborhoods.
Use the following tips to help deter criminals and prevent crime on your property:
Keep Doors Locked at All Times
An unlocked door is an open invitation to an intruder. It goes without saying that all exterior doors should be securely locked when you leave the house, but it is also a good idea to keep them locked even when you are home. Many burglaries and home invasions occur because a criminal has easy access to a house through an unlocked door, but locks can deter an intruder that wants to make minimal effort to break in.
For the best level of protection, make sure that your front door and door leading to the garage have steel deadbolt locks that extend at least one inch into the doorjamb. If you have a sliding glass door leading to your backyard, invest in a small auxiliary lock that can be screwed on to the door track—these types of locks will secure the door and prevent it from being pried open.
Do Not Answer the Door for Strangers
It’s natural to want to assume the best about people, but the sad truth is that in this day and age you can’t blindly trust strangers. When a stranger knocks on your door there is a good chance that there is no malicious intent, but it’s not worth taking the chance of opening the door and giving an intruder access to your home. A number of home invasions have occurred after an unsuspecting homeowner opens the door for a stranger who forcefully enters the home.
If a stranger knocks on your door with the intent to burglarize your home, one of the best crime prevention techniques you can use is to not ignore them. Some criminals will first knock on the door to find out whether or not someone is home. It is in your best interest to acknowledge the knock, and speak loudly to tell the stranger that you cannot come to the door. This method will keep a barrier between you and the stranger, while also establishing that the home is occupied making it less likely for a criminal wanting to invade your home.
Keep Your Vehicle Safe
The safest place to park your vehicle is in your garage, but if that is not possible there are several things you can do to keep it safe in your driveway or on the street in front of your residence. When at home, avoid leaving your vehicle unlocked and avoid leaving valuables such as cell phones, GPS devices, and your purse or wallet. If you have a garage door opener in your car, always remove it when parked outside.
Invest in a Monitored Security System
Security systems are popular for a reason, and they can be very effective at preventing crime on your property. When your security system is monitored by a security company, there will be someone to respond when the alarm goes off whether you are home or not. In most cases, the sound of the alarm will scare off an intruder who does not want to get caught by the police. Neighbor Watch Corporation has also implemented a unique platform that notifies all of your neighbors in the event your home security alarm has been activated.
Install Motion Detector Lights
The last thing you want is for a criminal to be able to move around the perimeter of your home hidden in the darkness of night. Installing several motion detector lights can definitely help prevent crime on your property because the last thing a criminal wants is to be seen. It is also a good idea to have motion detector lights placed near doorways and your driveway, so you will have ample light and can examine the area if you get home after dark.
Be Aware When Arriving Home
Another thing that is gaining popularity these days with criminals is following their victim home. When you arrive in your neighborhood always pay attention to any vehicles that are behind you. If you suspect someone is following you after you turn on your street, keep going. Do not turn in your driveway because you risk getting ambushed if indeed a criminal has made you their target. Keep driving and if necessary call 911 while keeping track of your exact location at all times so you can relay that information to police.