How to Deter Burglars

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

You will need

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

Step 1 Get a dog Get a dog. Even small dogs will bark and create noise that a burglar will want to avoid.

Step 2 Install motion detectors Install motion detector lights outside of your home.

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.

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.