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10 Ways To Deter Burglars

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What will be the greatest threat after the next disaster? Thirst? Hunger? Medical emergencies? Hopefully you’ve prepared for these possibilities by learning to store and purify water, store and cook food, and building a first aid kit.

Once you have those covered, the next biggest threat you’ll have to worry about is burglars. Why? Because most people won’t have bothered with the first three things I mentioned. They’ll be thirsty, hungry, and desperate. And even if there is enough water and food to go around, there will still be those who try to take advantage of the lack of law enforcement. But don’t take my word for it.

In the 1990’s Argentina was a relatively safe and prosperous country. Then in 2001 it experienced hyperinflation and an economic collapse. Let’s look at how much crime increased from 1995 to 2001.

  • Larceny increased 28.96%.
  • Rape increased 164.58%.
  • Grand theft auto increased 248.79%.
  • Robbery increased 4158.99%
  • Aggravated assault increased 5596.94%.
  • Burglary increased 512100%.

You read that right. And unless you’re an expert in martial arts, you’re going to need a good weapon to defend your home. However, you’ll be far better off if burglars skip your house altogether. How do you make them do that? Here are 10 ways to deter burglars:

1. Get a Dog – It doesn’t have to be a very big dog; it just needs to have a loud, intimidating bark. (Don’t forget pet supplies.)

2. Remove Large Plants and Bushes – If you have any of these right next to your house, all they are is good hiding places for burglars.

3. Join or Start a Neighborhood Watch – And also put up neighborhood watch signs. The feeling that someone might be keeping an eye on them makes burglars hesitant.

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4. Put Up Home Security Signs and Stickers – If you can afford it, a home security system is a good investment. But if you can’t, it’s still worth putting up signs and stickers.

5. Buy Some Doorknob AlarmsThese things don’t cost much, they run on batteries, and they produce a very loud alarm when someone tries to open the door.

6. Buy Some Security Cameras – You can get some fake cameras if you want, but keep in mind that experienced burglars can usually tell the difference between real ones and fake ones.

7. Buy Some Motion Sensor LightsThese lights run on solar power, but there are also lights that run on batteries, and those are much more reliable.

8. Reinforce Your Doors – Most doors are easy to kick in, but if you reinforce yours and make it damn near impossible to kick in, most people will give up and move on.

9. Install Bars On The Windows – I know, they’re ugly, but safety is far more important.

10. Build a Perimeter Fence – Ideally it should be seven feet high, have spikes on top, and go all the way around your property.

Burglars are like cockroaches; they prefer to work in darkness and silence. If you do even a few of these things, most burglars will decide your house is more trouble than it’s worth and move on.

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  • John

    The number of home burglaries traditionally spike in the summer months. I think that light timers and Fake TV (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.

  • http://www.thepreparedninja.com/ Thomas Miller


    There is another great, and cheap, tool that can be used to help deter burglars. Check out the Fake TV at http://www.faketv.com or on Amazon. There are three different models for different applications. This is especially useful if you are going to be away from home on vacation or an extended period of time. It has a few different settings or it can be connected to a timer and set it to come on during a certain period of time.

    Keep up the great work!


  • Jonathan Pompies

    A survey in South Africa has shown that there are only two things that keep them away over here: Small dogs sleeping inside the house, and CCTV cameras.

    Not even electric fencing helps in our nick of the woods…

    Burglar bars, mmm… check this out…: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=M_wA4p2Vxdw

  • Ron Burke

    One the best, if not the best protection for the home is a well trained protection/patrol dog

  • Chicken McFuggits

    Trick I saw used quite effectively in Tunisia (don’t ask and I won’t have to lie) was broken bottles cemented on to the top of the wall. Hard to see if the wall is above eye level and when he puts his hands on it to vault the wall…….cheap and effective.