When we were broken into the police were honest about their ability to do anything: ie very little and his it was up to us to solve the problem by encouraging burglars to go elsewhere. Here are things I remember. If you can vary your schedule of leaving and returning your home. A steady routine tells them when it’s safe to break in. Install a security system and set the alarm off a couple of times. They case the neighborhoods and know which are protected. The officer said even one guarded house or apartment can change the whole areas vulnerability as burglars believe we influence our neighbors ad if you have a known security system other people do to. Buy timers for your lights and install them in all the rooms. Make sure they turn on at random times, not on a schedule. You can hook radios and TVs and stereo systems to them as well. Make sure they are actives in a normal schedule not the same every day. Seat. Install outdoor motion detectors
Addition to original post. The other suggestions were to make it hard to rob you of precious stuff and make a copy of all the serial numbers of valuable articles. Here the idea is to slow them down. They want a place that is in and out fast so don’t leave Gradmasantiqud engagement ring in your jewelry box. Hide it or have a small safe like in a hotel room for those things. Installation of a camera system is also good, but don’t make it too obvious. Cameras outside doors and windows are a good deterrent. Network with your neighbors to make the neighborhood safer. Don’t leave things on the porch you can’t afford to lose. Don’t put freebies on the curb as the practice encourages people to cruise your house and neighborhood. Buying a dog that barks when it hears someone can help. Burglars don’t know how vicious it is. In the final analysis, Make your apartment, house or garage or shed HARD TO ROB. ENCOURAGE BURGLARS TO DECIDE ITS NO WORTH THE RISK. OH YEAH, try not to brag or even talk too much about collections, paintings, valuable items you have like 🎸.
Seattle cops told me on several occasions that they do not recommend monitored alarm systems as most of the calls are false alarms. And, by the time the monitoring center is alerted and the police are called, the crooks will be long gone. Have heard from many that law enforcement took 30 minutes or more to arrive on the scene – more than enough time for the crooks to take what they want and be long gone.
They did recommend alarms that are extremely loud – making it difficult to remain in the house along with bright flashing lights to alert the neighbors – assuming someone nearby is home.
And, as reported in Danny Westneats Seattle Times column several years ago – the 911 dispatcher said, ‘unless someone is seriously hurt, we’re not coming. Call your insurance company’.
Yes, crime does pay.
A small safe can be easily taken.
Abigail, A home safe can be well hidden and secured to the floor or wall with large lag screws or some other hardware. Not theft proof but a fast moving burglar will move along.
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