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What is The Best Way to Keep My Home from Becoming a Soft-Target for Criminals?

If you are really serious about trying to keep your home from becoming a soft target of crime, there are several steps you can take to enhance its security.

Here at ESI, Emergency Systems Inc, we have been advising clients for over 4 decades, since 1979 on how best to protect their property from uninvited guests, intrusions, and break-ins. We are a full-service residential and commercial security alarm company in Jacksonville Fl, experienced in designing, installing, repairing, retrofitting, and expanding existing security shields for home, office, commercial business, warehousing, and industrial complexes.

Here are ESI’s 12 most effective measures homeowners can implement to protect themselves, their family, and their possessions:

#1. Install a reliable security system: Consider installing a professionally monitored, professional-grade security alarm system, not a do-it-yourself (DIY) security system from one of those “Big Box Companies”. Our security alarm systems from ESI can include door and window sensors, motion detectors, fire and smoke alarms, surveillance cameras, and even keyless entry if you budget for it, providing both security and peace of mind.

#2. Reinforce entry points: Strengthen your home’s entry points, such as doors and windows, to deter break-ins. Reinforce doors with solid cores or metal frames, and consider adding deadbolt locks. Install window locks or consider laminating windows for added protection.

#3. Outdoor lighting: Adequate outdoor lighting can deter criminals by eliminating hiding spots and making your property more visible. Install motion-sensor lights around the perimeter of your home, focusing on entry points, walkways, and dark areas. Would be burglars don’t like them and in most cases will move on to the next dark house.

#4. Secure your windows: Besides locks, you can consider adding window security film or shatter-resistant glass to make it more difficult for burglars to gain access. Here is one of ESI’s great tips most homeowners don’t consider. Planting thorny shrubs near ground-level windows can also act as a deterrent.

#5. Be mindful of landscaping: Trim shrubs and trees near windows and entrances, as overgrown vegetation can provide cover for potential intruders. A well-maintained landscape offers better visibility and reduces hiding spots, making it harder for thieves to avoid detection.

#6. Use timers for lights and electronics: When you’re away from home, use timers for lights, radios, or TVs to create the illusion of occupancy. This can deter criminals who are really looking for that unoccupied home.

#7. Neighborhood watch: Get involved in or establish a neighborhood watch program. Regular communication and cooperation with your neighbors can help keep an eye out for suspicious activities and enhance overall safety.

#8. Secure your garage: Keep your garage locked and consider reinforcing the doors. If your garage has windows, consider adding window coverings or frosted film to prevent outsiders from easily seeing inside.

#9. Locks and keys: Always lock your doors and windows, even when you’re at home. Avoid hiding spare keys outside; instead, give spare keys to trusted neighbors or family members. Many homeowners are now considering a keyless entry or access control device installed on primary doors. It is not only a great protection device but warns potential intruders that the home is guarded by sophisticated security alarm devices not easily compromised.

#10. Maintain appearance: Give the impression that your home is occupied and well-maintained. Keep the exterior in good condition, collect mail promptly, and arrange for someone to maintain your property if you’re away for an extended period.

#11. Social media caution: Be mindful of what you post on social media. Avoid announcing your travel plans or broadcasting when your home will be empty, as this can alert potential criminals. You never know who might be watching, reading, or planning an intrusion if the thief is pre-warned that no one is home minding the store.

#12. Get to know your neighbors: Building a strong rapport with your neighbors allows for a sense of community and can help deter crime. Look out for each other’s homes and report any suspicious activities promptly.

Why Consider ESI To Protect Your Home from Fire, Break-ins, or Intrusion?

Remember, there is no foolproof guarantee against crime, but taking these preventive measures can significantly reduce the likelihood of your home becoming a soft target for criminals to break in.

At ESI, we pride ourselves on not only designing and installing the most advanced and affordable security alarm systems available but partnering with our clients through professional monitoring to actively protect them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Please give us a call at 904-388-3975 for a free, no-obligation security consultation. Our highly trained, no-pressure security technicians can answer any questions you may have about products, services and can schedule an appointment to protect your home, office, or business at your convenience.