Simply put, there is no 100% foolproof way to prevent someone from breaking into your home. However, here are some pretty good common sense ways to minimize the likelihood of it happening to you.
- Never leave keys in hiding places outside the house.
- Always keep your garage door closed and locked.
- Trim back all bushes under windows.
- Plant prickly, thorny shrubs or bushes under windows to discourage prowlers.
- Bright lights outside around all doors and window discourage break ins. Install motion triggered lights around corners of the home.
- Install a solid core or metal-clad door fitted with both inside hinge pins and a minimum one-inch throw deadbolt lock.
- Doors with windows require a double key deadbolt.
- Secure garage doors with cane bolts and hasps.
- Secure crank Windows by drilling a hole through the latch frame and handle, then insert a metal pin or nail through the hole to lock the window in place.
- If you have a keypad garage door, reprogram the code.
- Never leave your garage door opener visible in your car.
- Never let strangers into your home. Never give out your address or phone number to strangers.
Last and most important, if you see something suspicious or out-of-the-ordinary in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1. It's always better to error on the side of caution than to have ignored something that turns into a criminal act later on.
We hope you found this information useful. We strive to be the best Realtors throughout Lake County and McHenry County by adding value to our clients and their families, because we understand life continues long after moving in or out of a home. If you want the best possible experience with either selling your home or buying a home (or maybe both!), The Levicki Group is ready to help you plan your perfect time to EXIT. Contact us if we can assist with any of your home buying or home selling needs.