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How to Deter Burglars

Burglary is common, but is also quite preventable with these tactics.


  • Step 1: Get a dog Get a dog. Even small dogs will bark and create noise that a burglar will want to avoid.
  • TIP: Sleep with your car keys next to your bed. If you hear someone trying to break in, hit the car alarm button.
  • Step 2: Install motion detectors Install motion detector lights outside of your home.
  • TIP: Lock your doors and windows when leaving home, and make sure your curtains and blinds are shut.
  • Step 3: Install security system Install a security system that suits your needs and budget.
  • Step 4: Install strong doors Install strong doors and make sure they are properly mounted with the hinges inside.
  • Step 5: Install impact-resistant glass Install impact-resistant glass on all doors and windows.
  • TIP: If impact-resistant glass is out of your price range, a wooden dowel will keep windows from being pried open.
  • Step 6: Be a good neighbor Maintain good relationships with your neighbors and ask them to pick up newspapers and flyers when you are away.
  • Step 7: Use your police department resources Use resources available at your police department, such as information on burglary prevention and advice about what to do in your neighborhood.
  • FACT: Did you know? Burglars spend no more than four to five minutes trying to break into a residence.

You Will Need

  • A dog
  • Motion detector lights
  • A security system
  • Strong doors
  • Impact-resistant doors and windows
  • Neighborliness
  • A wooden dowel

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