Four Tips From Ex-Burglars on How to Protect Your Home and Property
No one knows what scares away burglars more than burglars. Here’s what ex-thieves recommend you do to keep your home safe from burglaries.
Kyle Iboshi, a KGW News reporter in Portland, Oregon , interviewed 86 burglary inmates about how they got inside and what homeowners can do to deter other burglars. It all boiled down to four major deterrents that anyone can do:
- Make sure your property is visible in good light, and keep bushes and trees trimmed.
- When leaving, always leave the TV or radio on and keep at least one light on. This was one of the most frequently cited constraints in the survey.
- If possible, keep another car in the driveway. Nearly every ex-burglar interviewed said that when they saw a car in their driveway, they stayed away.
- Get to know your neighbors so they can report any suspicious activity to you.
Other tips include getting a dog – big, not small – placing a security sign (which doesn’t always work) and getting a visible security camera. You can get more helpful tips from the link below.
We asked 86 robbers how they got into their homes | KGW Portland