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By Eric Michael Abrams - California Real Estate Broker | Broker in San Diego, CA

Burglar Proof Your Home & Protect your Family.

Lately, there has been a rash of burglaries in the neighborhood I live in. Entire homes have been "wiped clean" in broad daylight.  Yet, no one saw a thing? Strange, though most people are at work during the day, so this neighborhood is a prime target for a burglar. 

Here are a few tips for keeping burglaries at bay. 

  • Consider getting a dog. Burglars are generally not going to enter a home that has a barking dog. It creates too much noise, and noise draws unwanted attention. 
  • If you're going to be coming home late, purchase a timer for the light near your front door and set it to come on, when evening approaches. If you don't have a light near your front door, call an electrician to install one. It's cheap and it's worth the effort. 
  • Purchase steel security doors for your front, side, and rear doors. This is amongst one of the biggest deterrents. Attempting to break through a steel security door makes a lot of noise. Such doors are the best investments you can make toward burglar proofing your home. 
  • Lock your windows! If your windows are old, have them reinforced using "dowel rods," which can be purchased for a few dollars at home improvement stores such as Home Depot or Lowes. 
  • Get a burglar alarm and place a sign and in front of your home and stickers on ALL of your windows. A burglar alarm sign and stickers can reduce attempted burglaries by 70%, according to a local security company I spoke with.  Just the mere fact of buying a burglary sign and stickers is enough to act as a deterrent. 
  • If you're going to be out of town for a few days, take a few precautions: A) purchase a timer for several lights in your home. Make sure they're low voltage lights, so that the risk of fire is lessened.  B) Have a friend collect the mail each day. If the mail backs up, it's a sure sign that someone is out of town. C) Put your television on a timer. The noise and light from a television acts as a deterrent and it will make your home appear as if someone is home. 
If a home invasion occurs when you're home your first instinct may be to investigate the disturbance. DO NOT DO SO UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Burglars are often armed with guns and you may startle them. A startled burglar may shoot, without thinking. 

Instead, keep a phone by your bedside.  A cell phone is fine, but preferably a land line phone, as a land line phone will allow most police departments to pinpoint your exact location. Pinpointing your location via cell phone can also be done with cell phones in some cities, but some police departments do not have the technology to locate such callers (check with your local police department by calling the non-emergency number). 

After calling the police you should make sure all of your family members are in one place and no one makes any loud noises, try and wait until the the police arrive. But if it's possible, you should try to leave the home through a back window immediately. If doing so would create possible injury, do not attempt to do so. 

If you do have a firearm, now is the time to load it. Though, make absolutely sure that you have been properly trained in how to use your firearm. Make sure you continually practice. Attempting to use a firearm, when you've not been to a firing range for 18-months is an extraordinarily dangerous prospect and you may hit an unintended target, such as a family member. Make sure you're prepared and well trained, if you own a firearm. 

Following the tips above will allow you to remain vigilant and proactive.  

Thanks for following along,
Eric M. Abrams
Licensed California Real Estate Broker
510-332-6314 Direct

Highland Partners Real Estate - BH&G - Mason McDuffie
342 Highland Avenue
Piedmont, CA 94611

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By AlexRichardson32,  Thu Jul 25 2013, 10:32
The number of home burglaries traditionally spike in the summer months. I think that light timers and Fake TV http://(www.faketv.com) are excellent solutions to deter burglars. Also, playing anti-theft home occupancy sounds MP3 or a CD (sells on Amazon or at http://www.webensource.com/burglar_deterrent_cd/ ) in home while away is a great way to scare burglar that someone is in.

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