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How to Burglar Proof Your Home

September is Realtor Safety Month and that got me thinking about how most of us don’t give enough thought to safety.  Your home should be your refuge and the place where you feel safe. Having your home burglarized is a traumatic occurrence that we would all like to avoid. Here are a few simple things you can do to discourage break- ins and give you piece of mind. Keep your shrubs and landscaping trimmed back by windows and doors. These areas are prime hiding places for would be burglars, so make sure access to windows and doors is unobstructed. Overgrown landscaping, un-mowed grass or un-shoveled walkways are all signs that the house is vacant. If you are going to be away for any length of time, make sure someone is maintaining your yard as well as bringing in mail and newspapers. A pile of newspapers on the front porch is a dead giveaway that no one is home.  Install motion sensor lights which come on if anyone gets too close to your house. Having your home well-lit will deter thieves.  If you are going to be traveling consider putting lights on timers so rooms are lit up at different times of the night. On trash day, don’t advertise to thieves that you just got a new 60 inch TV or state of the art computer by leaving the boxes on your curb. Take the time to break down the boxes and conceal them in the recycling bin. Also, don’t leave ladders outside and easily accessible to someone looking to break in. Burglars don’t usually carry their own ladders around...

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