Last Updated on August 6, 2021 by rampartsecurity

With so many things to do during the week, it’s easy to look past signs you be may sending to potential burglars and other ways you can be prepared get help.

1. Don’t show too much.

a. Keep your ladders and tools out of the yard when you aren’t around.
b. Store bicycles and toys in an out-of-view place – leaving useful items in view signals to burglars more coveted items may be inside.
c. Use window coverings on garage and basement windows – add a touch of privacy to your storage to keep wandering eyes out.

2. Don’t give the burglars cover or an easy path.
a. Trim bushes around doors and windows regularly – don’t make it easier for potential burglars to hide.
b. Consider outdoor lighting to deter and make it more difficult for intruders with shadows.
c. Reinforce bedroom doors with solid wood – these take more time to open than standard interior doors

3. Be watchful and ready to get help.
a. The typical burglar lives within 2 miles of the target home. They easily learn your schedule, so try to vary your routine sometimes to minimize the risk.
b. Keep your cell phone charged – if your phones lines are cut or out due to power failure, you’ll need a way to call for help.
c. Add reflective numbers to your house – easily visible house numbers help emergency response find you sooner.

What a Burglar Won’t Tell You

  • Your yard to us is like window shopping. We survey it and see if we see expensive toys and know that chances are it’s loaded with gaming systems and other expensive goods inside. Once you’re done outside, bring everything inside including toys and other showy items.
  • 1 out of 3 times, we gain entry very simply through an unlocked door or a window you accidentally left open. If you have an alarm system, arm it regularly and check into any alerts you receive about a window or door being open. A quick trip upstairs to check that the back window is closed could save you thousands of dollars from a break-in.
  • We know you hide things in your sock drawer and check the medicine cabinet, too. Some better suggestions include repurposing one in many of everyday items such as an empty paint can hidden among several full paint cans.
  • We’re hoping for a rainy day where you fumble with your umbrella and forget to lock the door.
  • We carry a clipboard and dress in a polo – be sure to call and confirm the appointment if you’re suspicious.
  • We won’t have enough time to break into the safe, but if it’s not bolted down, we’ll take it.