Home Security and Burglary Prevention Tips and Tricks

Ivan Dimitrijevic
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Our home is our sanctuary – it’s where we come back to forget about our daily troubles, relax, sleep and spend some quality time with our family. Your home should be a place where you and your children feel safe throughout the day, but you also need some peace of mind when you are away. Protecting yourself against things such as home invasion, burglary or just plain old vandalism is an active process. Most people don’t give much thought to their security, even though a few simple precautions can save you from disaster.

  1. Install motion activated lights

motion lights

The best way of scaring away potential burglars at night is having an area of your yard suddenly light up as they approach. These lights are also useful because they save power as they are only on for about 10-20 seconds at a time. Make sure you install them all around the perimeter as burglars prefer back-doors and low windows that can’t be seen from the street clearly.

  1. A big dog for deterrence or a loud dog for early warning

dog-guardA large dog in your yard will scare away even the most determined burglar. Their incredible hearing and sense of smell allow them to notice potential threats from a mile away, while their protective nature makes them perfect for home defense. The dog doesn’t have to be that big though, small dogs can be extremely loud and untrusting of strangers, often waking up half the neighborhood with their barking and alerting you of intruders early on.

  1. Put good locks on all windows and keep the curtains closed

The biggest mistake people make is to assume that burglars don’t operate during the day. The next big mistake is to open the curtains on all the windows facing the street. While this is a great way of getting plenty of natural light, it also gives a clear view into your home to any criminal passing by. Make sure all the windows are locked down tightly and that the curtains are closed to prevent anyone from seeing inside.

  1. Avoid excessive foliage in your garden

A number of high bushes and a few trees in your yard may seem very aesthetically pleasing, but they allow a burglar to sneak into your home unnoticed. Keep all the greenery well-trimmed and low, and if you must have some

sort of bush underneath your ground-level windows make it a rose bush. Very few people are willing to stand in a rose bush while prying open a window, especially if there are additional security measures in place – e.g. a dog running at them.


  1. Have strong doors with multiple locks on all entrances

All the doors leading into your home from the outside should be heavy, strong and lock-up with multiple locks. A sturdy wooden front door is of little use if a person can knock down you back door with a couple of kicks. If you can access the house through the garage, that door should also be fortified. You can find decent floor locks and deadbolts for a reasonable price.

  1. Walkie-talkies and flashlights

Having an efficient way of communicating with other family members in case of emergency is very important. Cell phones can get misplaced and your battery could die, so having walkie-talkies in several locations throughout the home allows you to communicate with other family members no matter what happens. A good set of walkie-talkies can last for years. As far as maintenance goes you’ll need some extra batteries and a spare UHF antenna or two. A flashlight near the bed and some extra batteries will ensure that you can get your family to safety in low-light conditions.

  1. Create a safe room


Most burglars and home invaders will make a beeline towards the master bedroom, as most valuables are often locked up there, so you’ll want to lock it up tight and perhaps hide most of your valuables elsewhere, preferably in a safe deposit box. You also need to choose a room to be your safe room – usually it’s the kid’s room or the master bedroom – and install a strong door with multiple locks like on the front and back door. If you have a gun in the house make sure the safe is easily accessible and that you have plenty of backstop, e.g. heavy bookshelves that can stop bullets.

These are some of the most effective passive precautions you can take to ensure the safety of your home. Most of them are one-time investments that will last for years and years with minimal maintenance, so focus on the very best equipment that you can afford.


  1. Great tips, Ivan.

    Its sad however that we live in a country where security is never taken serious by individuals. It’s also sad that we become geniuses at prevention tips only when the very burglary or break in we have been anxious to prevent happens in reality.

    While this list is almost exhaustive, I’ll like to add keeping strangers off your house. It’s difficult for persons who are not acquitainted to your house to attempt a break in…strangers you permit in are most likely the same manner of folks that turn culprit eventually.

    Do have a very great day!

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  2. Hey Ivan

    The place I live is actually a farm house. There are farms all around and they tend to have more dangerous then the normal homes in cities. for now we have cctv, night vision surveillance and yes two German shepherd. Safe room and motion detector looks promising . We will look forward to follow your guide lines
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  3. Hello Ivan
    Nice post with great information. Ya home is the place where we spend most of our life time with peaceful moments. So its our duty to do some extra things to protect it form something wrong. Nice share. Thanks.
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  4. Hi Ivan,
    Nice and informative post. Safety is the first priority of any person.
    And you have give some beautiful ideas regarding security. I like the idea of keeping a Big and l;oud dog as it can scar the hell out of any person.

  5. Hey Ivan,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing this post with us. Yes, Security is the very important factor these days and we have to make sure that our house is protect from outside. First two point is very important.
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  6. Hii, ivan
    your post is really good for those peoples which having large house boundary. In earlier time peoples was mostly used the dogs but due to enormous change in field of electronic security peoples uses electronic devices for the surveillance to all their boundary.
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  7. lol @ the big dog picture. Yes, having a dog is great for homeland security, but keep in mind, a dog can be SHOT! Having a full security system and more than 1 dog is key. Would be helpful for protection.
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  8. I must say, some of the awesome tips you have given here.
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  9. sofiaherrla says:

    Nice post with great information. Prevention is better than cure… Thanks a lot

  10. Any security measure is really only going to stop the opportunistic thief. If somebody really wants something you have, they are going to take it regardless of what security measures you have in place.

    I have IP cameras. While they don’t stop anything they are great deterrents as no one wants to be seen doing something they’re not supposed to do. They notify me via email and start recording when someone is in range of the camera.
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  11. Protecting our home from the wrong things or from outsiders should be our major concern. And we should do whatever we can do for protecting it. We should take precaution to save it.
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  12. I saw an interesting interview with a burglar where he said the thing he hated most were little yipey dogs because they are so loud that they would wake up the whole family. He said the low tone of large dogs don’t carry as well and don’t wake people up nearly as much. Another interesting thing was that he liked when bushes were in front of windows because they would provide cover for him while he broke in. Good suggestion on a rose bush.

    There’s a lot of information available about home security, but it’s nice to see more people stepping in with their ideas. There’s nothing more important than the safety of our families.

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  13. Hi Ivan,
    I really appreciate your witting. One of the most popular ways to improve home security has been through the usage of trained dogs. But many law enforcement and security professionals view dogs as less effective than electronic security systems. The automated systems can provide 24/7 surveillance at the flip of a switch. Anyway thanks for sharing the useful info.
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  14. Thank you so much for sharing these security tip. Everyone should read this in world full of risk every minute, or I would say second.
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  15. The good tips for me. Good job bro. I really enjoy your article. I’m needing something for my home from structures and furnitures for it. I’ve just organized a housewarming :D. Thanks for sharing
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  16. These are great tips to follow, especially number seven. At one point I relied on an ADT system which let me down when the break in occurred. The alarm went off, however the phone line was cut outside before the intrusion so the system was unable to call out.
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