If you don’t have the funds for a burglar alarm and think you’re easy prey for a burglar, there are steps you can take to help make your home, apartment or business more secure. Before you do that, however, it helps to try and imagine the thoughts of a typical thief or burglar.
Both professional and amateur thieves want to get in and out of your home as quickly as possible. They don’t want to waste time. They don’t want to deal with barking dogs. They also don’t want to see decals that indicate you’ve got a burglar alarm (even if you’ve never actually bought an alarm).
Statistics show that homes which have security signs and decals have far fewer break-ins than those who don’t have these simple labels. Even better, if you have multiple types of decals that may increase your security just substantially more.
Start with a sign that notes, “Protected by General Systems Alarms” (or other fake alarm system name) Just by putting up that one simple decal, you’ve helped to make a predator wary. What is the point of invading your home or business when another home, one without a sign or decal, is nearby?
You can also put up decals which warn “Beware of Dog!” This is very effective. Unlike alarms, which can sometimes be bypassed or allow time for thieves to get in and out of spaces before the police arrive, dogs don’t always back down. If a burglar opens the door, the last thing desired is an angry dog, teeth bared, poised to attack.
Dogs don’t flinch from the sight of firearm. Dogs aren’t always distracted by yelling or screaming. A trained attack dog will simply go after a burglar. That’s the reason a decal alerting thieves to a dog on the premises may be enough to stop them in their tracks.
You can help maintain the illusion that you have a dog by asking sales people and strangers who come to your door to wait until you’ve put security services the dog in a safe room. Or you can simply say, “Rover! Stay in the kitchen” before opening the door and “apologizing” to the stranger, noting that your dog has a tendency to bite strangers. If the person is scoping out your house as a possible target for a break-in, the decal and your words have just made your home or business a less likely target.
So where should you place signs and decals? Again, try to think like a burglar. Where are the most vulnerable entry points? Place decals near as many lower level doors and windows as possible. Make sure one is also at any door or window opening into your garage.
It is equally important to purchase the right types of decals and signs. If you’re using them outside (and you should), make sure they are weather-proof and water resistant.
You can also include some on the interior of doors and windows. Be sure to check all decals to make sure they are tightly affixed and haven’t faded. If possible, gleam in the dark signs are even more visible and don’t become hard to see once night approaches.
You’ll have plenty of options and may be able to purchase a security sign that comes with a stake. These are also excellent. Just be sure to think in terms of layers of protection. If you purchase signs and decals that indicate that you have both a burglar alarm and mean dog, you can have far more peace about the safety of your home or business.