Home Security from all Angles

A home that is surrounded by other homes on three sides and has a backyard has two approaches to it from two sides. A home on a crossroads will most likely have multiple approaches to it.

Your goal is to check all the approaches and identify potential issues and vulnerabilities that you will later be able to fix. For example, is there a bus stop in the direct view from your living room?

Will potential burglars that may be standing at a bus stopbe able to see your fancy 60-inch TV from there? What about a computer with a big screen in the lounge room?

Also, pay attention to the following:

  • Low or broken fences
  • Visibly unlocked sheds
  • Non-secured garages
  • Expensive valuables on the property such as bikes, statues, pricey kids’ toys and so on
  • Expensive greenhouses
  • Ladders left outside
  • Any signs that point to elderly or disabled residents such as wheelchair ramps
  • Car parking spots

A car or cars parked next to a home can tell a lot about a property. For example, if there’s an electrician’s van parked at night next to a Ford Focus, it is easy to tell that the husband is probably an electrician because electricians usually work during the day and may drive their work cars home at night. If there’s a child’s seat in the Ford, it means that the family has a young baby.

An experienced burglar will see all of this and more just from driving by and paying attention, which is why you need to learn to see what a criminal would see.

Criminals want to avoid disturbances, which is why they prefer empty premises. If a house looks very occupied, most likely they will drive by and look for an easier target with fewer risks of being caught. In addition, safety is key in ensuring your house is a home.