“Hardening” Your Home From Intruders

"Hardening" Your Home From Intruders

As the saying goes, your home is your castle. However, the average home isn’t as safe as you might expect, much less secure than a medieval fortress. Most homes have several weak spots the typical homeowner might overlook – but that a criminal could easily exploit.

Check out this video showing how you can avoid becoming a victim by increasing your home defenses.

Hardening your home isn’t as difficult as one might think, and you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a security system. The idea of hardening a home is to make it more difficult for someone to break in while harder for them to remain hidden.

There are several issues you’ll want to take into consideration; you can’t just focus on one aspect and expect it to make a difference.

A very simple, inexpensive and effective way to deter home invaders is to put up signs or stickers. You’ll need signage that implies cameras or a security system are in use — even if they aren’t. These measures can trick the would-be invader into believing you have the security to catch them, and nobody wants to get caught breaking into a home.

Another simple way to deter criminals is to have a dog. These faithful companions will not only alert you to an attacker, but they can also defend your home.

If you put signs up about your dog, be careful about the language. You want to indicate that there is a dog present, but you don’t want to warn anyone that it may be aggressive, which could end in a lawsuit you will likely lose.

Use a sign like, “A home is not a home without a German shepherd,” which indicates that you have a German shepherd but doesn’t imply that the animal is a known danger to anyone.

These tricks should keep most home invaders away — but what about intruders who are persistent and committed? What should you do then? Check out these tips from a Navy Seal in regard to surviving a home invasion.

Hopefully, it never happens to you, but at least if it does, you’ll have a better understanding of what to do.

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