Living on a rural homestead has its own charm. However staying away from the crowd also has its own set of challenges; the primary one being burglaries. According to data provided by the FBI, over 24% of all property related crimes committed in 2011 were burglaries. However, with minimal investment and some smart work, you can not only ensure your house is safe when you are at home or away, but also make the potential burglars wary of the risks involved and thus avoid taking on your house.
First things first – make sure you have proper locks to secure your home while you are away. Most burglaries take place in broad daylight when the residents are out at work. By making your house difficult to penetrate, you force the burglar to target a different house instead and thus avoid your house. An important thing to keep in mind – if you are looking to duplicate a spare key for your lock, get it done from someone away from your neighborhood. It’s never a good idea to hand over your keys to someone in your own neighborhood thus making it easier for them to duplicate your key for their own nefarious purposes.
The next step is to keep your house on video surveillance. This can be done in two ways – visible and covert. Given the rise in number of surveillance cameras across neighborhoods, these cameras are the first things that burglars look for while breaking into a house. A visible camera could often be the target of the burglars and while it would help in keeping away lot of break-ins, the covertly placed cameras would help capture their identity in case someone does dare to get through the fences. According to the guide on outdoor surveillance from Safe Sound Family, there are over 11 different types of outdoor cameras including the popular dome camera that can capture images across 360 degrees making it difficult for the potential burglar to avoid being sighted.
One of the easiest but often overlooked aspects of securing your household from burglary is in setting up your windows. A lot of break-ins happen through windows, and it is important to make it difficult for potential burglars to break in this way. One way is to ensure that your window does not open more than 6-10 inches. A primary function of a window is to let in air and light – making it open beyond 10 inches is just an invitation for other things, including burglars to get in.
The suggestions given here do not cost a great deal and can often be implemented in a minimal budget. However they are extremely vital elements that deter break-ins and give you the peace of mind that you so much need while you are away from your homestead.