How to Protect Your Home against Burglary
Your home is your sanctuary, and there’s nothing quite like that safe and sound feeling you get when you’re surrounded by your favorite things. That’s why being proactive about home security should be a top priority.
Looking for ways to protect your home from burglars is a great step in the right direction, and you should be proud. Sometimes even the smallest efforts can make your home less appealing to thieves. Let’s look at how you can add a layer of protection around your home.
Quick and Easy Ways to Deter Burglars
Lock your doors. Convenience is the name of the game for many thieves and simply using your locks can be enough to send them on their way. Don’t forget to lock your patio and garage doors, too. Along with this tip, if you hide a key outside for emergencies, make sure it’s not in an obvious spot, like under the welcome mat.
Pay attention to windows. Windows can provide easy entrance to your home, especially if they’re left open. They also give burglars a view of your valuables. Use curtains at night to block prying eyes and lock windows when you’re gone. *Smart tip – tuck your valuables and medications away so they can’t be seen from outside.
Use lighting. Illuminate any shadowy hiding places outside by keeping your entrances well-lit or adding motion-sensor lights. Timed lights are a great way to make it look like people are home, even when you’re not.
Always appear home. If you’re going on vacation, have your mail and newspapers held during your trip or have a neighbor grab them each day. Use timers for lights, radios and televisions to give the illusion that you’re home.
Use Smart Technology to Protect Your Home
If you’ve taken the steps above but would like a little more peace of mind, use smart home technology to your advantage. And as an added bonus, American Family Insurance customers may earn some discounts for this savvy behavior!
Know who’s at the door. The Ring Video Doorbell lets you see who’s at your door from your smartphone. Which means you don’t even have to be home to answer.
Get a home security system. Modern security systems offer more with customization and mobile device connectivity. American Family Insurance has partnered with Frontpoint wireless security system to help you protect your home with exclusive savings.
Use video cameras. Video cameras can be a big deterrent to thieves. Not only do they risk being seen in the act, but video proof makes them easier to catch later. Don’t worry about hiding your cameras — let them know you’re watching.
Now that you know how to make your home less attractive to burglars, give yourself a little extra protection with renters insurance or homeowners insurance. Your American Family Insurance agent will be happy to discuss your unique situation and help you make the most of your theft prevention efforts!