Recently, my friend's house was broken into.
He hasn't told everyone that it happened, because we are all pretty positive that it's someone we both know who broke into their house and he's trying to see who knows about it without him telling everyone.
The fact that someone was so easily able to break into their house and grab everything quickly makes me nervous.
Someone is pretty much ALWAYS at our house. When I go to work, the boy is going to bed because he works nights. Then around 3 hours before I get home, he goes to work. So there is really only a 3 hour period when no one is home. However, I have read that this is the prime time for break-ins since most people are at work.
I am overly nervous about burglary. I will say that upfront before anyone calls me insane. We live in a safe area that is actually a block away from the police station, but I am still paranoid.
Here are the list of things that I do:
1. I always make sure all the windows are locked. I am crazy about this. If I find a window unlocked when I get home, I automatically assume someone is inside. Yes, I am insane.
2. I don't let sketchy people know where I live. We don't invite people over who we don't know or do not know of. We have a lot of things in our house that someone could take or do damage too and I don't want to risk it.
I also told the boy to stop telling people about all of the guns (he is a fun fanatic), etc. that he has bought. It just gives a reason for people to come over and steal it. We also don't tell people when we are going on vacation. We never post it on Facebook when we're going out of town.
3. I have dogs. Ok, I didn't get dogs just for the sole purpose of scaring robbers, but I do have a pit bull/boxer mix who terrifies everyone who comes over for the first time. She has a loud bark that can be heard from down the block, even if our windows are closed. And she usually scares away any door-to-door salespeople.
4. I leave lights on. This is friendly to the environment, but I only leave 1 light on and that's usually the dining room light. And now we also leave our porch light on (as explained below).
5. I always try and leave a car in the driveway. Of course this isn't always possible, but I try. We have a big driveway, so if there are no cars there, it's pretty obvious that no one is home. And our neighbors know that the truck is in the garage, so if there are no cars in the driveway, that's also another obvious reason.
6. I have the boy unhook the battery in the truck. The truck is NEVER driven and it just sits in the garage. However, the truck is a classic and doesn't need a key to start. All you need to do is hop in and turn the ignition with your hand. This is why I blog anonymously also, I would have never told you guys this if I you all knew who I was!
7. We close the blinds when we're not home. I don't want people to be able to see in. If they can't see, then how do they know what we have to steal or if someone is home?
There are a lot more things that we could do. We need to install motion detector floodlights on our garage. That would make me feel much more comfortable. Up until recently, our front porch light didn't work. Long story short, the boy said it's been broken for the past year, but it turns out that it just needed a new bulb. Ultimate laziness on his part!
We have thought about getting an alarm security system. But I always hear mixed feelings about this. What does everyone think of them? What's a good company?
What do you do to keep your house and family safe?
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