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September 20th, 2017 by MichiganLiving Does Your Home Look Inviting To Intruders?

It doesn’t bare thinking about, but it happens on a daily basis, and it could happen to you. Having your home broken into, or being burgled is a problem nobody wants to deal with. But are you inadvertently advertising your home to unwanted guests?

You may not realise it, but a door with a faulty lock, a gate without a chain, or a window that’s always left open when you’re out – even just a crack, could be all it takes for an intruder to take their chance.

So, what’s the answer? Well, here you’ll find a range of tips to help you make your home more secure and maybe even open your eyes to how.

Outdoor signage!

It might seem simple, but a large, bold sign that reads “CCTV in operation” or a simple “Beware of the Dog” sign, could be all it takes to ward off any potential thief. A company like smartsign.com provides custom made signs and can even offer advice. Even if you don’t actually have these things on your property. It’s a cheap and cost effective way to add a little more security.

Is anybody home?

Thief BurglarMake your home look occupied at all times: leave lights and the TV on when you go out. You could even leave a pair of shoes by the front door!

Nowhere to hide!

Keep trees and bushes around your home trimmed so that they do not provide hiding spaces for intruders.

Hello neighbour!

Get to know your neighbours. No one likes a nosey neighbour, but good neighbours will be on the lookout for unusual activity and are great for putting out bins and emptying the letterbox when you’re away.


Check that all doors and windows are locked before you leave the house or go to bed. Even when you are at home, keep external doors locked and it might be inconvenient, but avoid keeping spare keys in obvious hiding places outside your home. Under doormats, potted plants and lawn ornaments are the first place someone may look.

Make lighting your new best friend!

Ensure that driveways, pathways, and entry points to you home have adequate lighting.  Install motion sensor lights on the exterior of your home. Use a range of lights on timers indoors and stagger when they turn on and off so your home looks genuinely occupied. This is not only great for times when you’re travelling but also for nights when you are caught working late or are out in the evenings.


17 responses to “Does Your Home Look Inviting To Intruders?”

  1. Sarah Bailey says:

    These are some great sounding tips I hope ours doesn’t look too inviting as we are quite a little bungalow in a road of big houses.

  2. Jade says:

    I really hope not! thanks for the useful insight into home security there are definitely a couple of pointers included which I need to put into practice! Great blog post

  3. Tara Pittman says:

    Great tips. My neighbors are getting their cars broken into at night and they keep complaining. Simple solution is to park the car in the garage

  4. Gladys parker says:

    The only one I am guilty of is the window open, it is for the a/c. I’m sharing these tips with my adult children as I think they think they are invincible. I must check out the sign place above though as my dog is mean but I don’t want them to even get in here to find out.

  5. Excellent tips! I am guilty of is needing more light outside. However, we are working on correcting this soon! When we first moved into our house, the first thing we made a point to do was get to know our neighbors. And I am glad we did as we all keep an eye on eachothers houses now!

  6. Home invasion and robbery is one of my biggest fears. I had my car broken into several times and I felt violated. Thanks for sharing this, the information is so important.

  7. Solar motion lights are a great option for brightening dark spaces. Light is totally a deterrent for criminals.

  8. Kelly Reci says:

    You are right Heather. Solar motion light or motion detector light is so helpful. We have 3 motion detection light in our garage and it’s very helpful.

  9. Victoria Heckstall says:

    This is such a great tips. Rubbery is one of my fears. We have an emergency bell in our garage in case of emergency

  10. April says:

    I always had our front door lit up. I live in a condo now which is really secure. When we lived in a house that was a fear of mine.

  11. These tips are amazing, thank you for sharing! I hope my home is not inviting any people with bad intents.

  12. This is definitely i huge problem, especially when it’s time for vacations. Thank you for sharing these great tips.

  13. Intruders? No. Thieves? Perhaps. My daughter won’t leave her bicycle put away and it’s just begging to be stolen

  14. These are great tips for all homeowners. We recently installed LED lighting that turns on at sundown, and I always lock everything.

  15. krystal says:

    We have garage walkway lights and even lanterns for bright lights during our front door. It makes our home look inviting and also that we are home.

  16. I definitely don’t want our house to be inviting to intruders. These are some great tips.

  17. This is such a great tips! One of my fears here in Philippines is rape and killers. They are really lots of cased this here.

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