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Reader’s Digest put out an article a while back where they got some tips from convicted burglars – they talked about how they decide which houses to break into, places they look for valuables inside your home, things they like to avoid, etc.

I found it interesting for a few reasons, but mostly because a lot of what these convicted burglars look for can easily be resolved using a few simple, inexpensive alarms.

Here’s a few things that stood out to me, you can find the link to the full article below . . .

A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

I’ve heard from many people that say they don’t worry about putting any alarms on second floor windows – they don’t think a burglar will take the time to get a ladder or find some other way up there.

But this isn’t always the case.  A simple window alarm is perfect for these windows.  We carry two kinds of window alarms – an alarm that you attach to the window and the window frame – once the magnetic seal is broken, an alarm goes off.  We also have an alarm that detects if the glass is broken or tampered with, and sets off an alarm if that happens as well.

These alarms are loud enough to scare a burglar off, because . . .

I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.

According to this burglar, one loud sound isn’t enough to scare him off.  But if it is a constant, loud alarm, he’s unlikely to stick around – it just draws way too much attention to your house.

These kinds of alarms are very inexpensive, so you can easily get one for each door and window in your home without breaking the bank.

Here’s another point that caught my attention:

Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

Even though I’m sure most people know this by now (or at least should), I’m bringing this up because there are better ways to hide your valuables than putting them dresser drawers.  I’m guessing burglars still look there because people still think it’s a good hiding place.

But using a diversion safe is a much better way to hide your valuables.  These are every day items that are altered so you can use them as a safe.  They look just like the real thing – a book, a can of Coke, a flower pot, etc. – and aren’t things a thief would think to check.

It is unlikely that someone will pull apart all of your indoor plants to see if you’re hiding anything in a hidden compartment.  They just don’t want to take that much time once they get in your home.  They want to get in and out as fast as possible.

So if you do a better job of hiding your valuables, you’ll be more likely to still have them after a burglary attempt.

There are several pretty good points made in this article, so you’ll want to check it out to see what else these convicted burglars had to say.

Read the full article here:

You just might think of some other things you can do to make sure your home is as secure as possible.

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