A home is one of the most significant investments anyone will make in their lifetime. We go to great lengths to maintain our house and upgrade its various features. A lot of our time and effort goes into enhancing its curbside appeal because we want it to look good and be recognized.

Neighborhood Watch
Neighborhood Watch

Getting compliments from nice neighbors is always a beautiful thing. Hearing their praises about how beautiful your home is and how well kept your lush green lawn is makes us feel good. Being an essential factor in beautifying the neighborhood boasts the family’s reputation.

All this attention for being an outstanding member of the neighborhood has its pros, but it also has its cons as well. Your home may become a target for the degenerates of society. Here are the best tips to make sure you do not fall victim to a gang of thieves.

Best practices for home security

  • Get A Dog

Owning a dog is one of the best deterrents for thieves. Dogs help to alert the owner of any possible break-in, and they also sniff out intruders almost instantly. The size of the dog also matters to some thieves, although others avoid a house as long as there is a dog.

Maybe the thought of getting bitten by canine teeth is not very appealing to them but whatever the case may be getting a top is on the top of this list.

  • Install a security system

Not just a home alarm system that goes off during a break in but a full-fledged security system that incorporates CCTV cameras as one of the security devices. When installing a security system, make sure to install all the essential security devices to protect your home correctly.

Installing motion sensors and cameras to all entry points of the home is standard for any in-depth security system. This way anyone that even attempts to open a window or a door in your home a notification will be sent to your phone or control device.

Many different companies offer security systems that provide professional monitoring twenty-four hours seven days a week. The monthly fee is a small price to pay for some peace of mind in knowing someone is right there guarding your home for you.

Once you sign up for a security system; make sure there is a big sign out front stating this fact. If you think you cannot afford a security system, there are many excellent budget security systems as well.

In case you are having some trouble in choosing a system for you, just purchase a sign from a security company and stake it to your front lawn. That by itself would work as a good deterrent for thieves and give the illusion that you already have a security system installed.

  • Automate your home

Automating your home is a lot simpler than you might think. Learning more about home automation will take you some light reading, and then you will be ready to install the home automation systems you would need.

Fortunately, most home security systems offer home automation equipment using Z wave technology. Make sure to ask about that when canvassing for the best security system for you.

By automating your home, you can save money on your electric bill and allow you unprecedented control over all your devices and electronics in your home.

When you’re away from home on vacation, you can program your lights, various electronics to work on a timer giving the illusion that someone is home.

  • Secure doors and windows

This is often overlooked because people get too lax and become too comfortable about leaving the front door unlocked. Even if you are home, it is a good idea always to keep the doors and windows locked.

Doing this will prevent any brazen ninja thief from walking right in to rob you blink in the middle of the day. It is also a good idea to install a metal door jamb on both your front and back door, these generally come with three of four-inch screws that do deep into the frame.

Add to that some heavy duty locks and your home will almost be impregnable and almost no one can get in your home through sheer force alone. If you go on vacation, make sure to secure your garage doors as well by using heavy duty padlocks on the inside.

  • Install motion sensors for all outdoor lights

Keeping the immediate vicinity of your home well lit is another great deterrent to thieves. Install motion sensors on spotlights or floodlights that surround your home.

When you install these motion sensors, and floodlights make sure to trim overgrown foliage or shrubbery to keep a safe clearance from your home. This will give any would-be intruder attempting to lurk around your house a nice surprise.

  • Do not post-broadcast in social media you are on vacation

In this day and age where everyone is connected to social media, creating posts about the family away on vacation can be used by would-be criminals.

Knowledge is power as they say and you just gave thieves the ability to brazenly break into your home because you just told them you would be in Greece for the next two weeks. Try to control yourself when posting on social media.

If you have someone house sitting, that may be fine, or if you already have a home security system which you can monitor from your phone, then that would be okay too.

Be careful about what you throw in the trash as well, make sure to shred and cut any vital account information. You don’t want sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.

  • Get to know your neighbors and join the neighborhood watch

Being friendly with the neighbors is always a good idea. These are the people that you have to live with and having them on your side will only work for your benefit. Of course, you will need to build the relationship from scratch, but all good things have to start somewhere.

Once you’re in good terms with the neighbors, then join the neighborhood watch. Make sure to put a sign up in your front window or door as well letting people know you are part of the neighborhood watch.

Having many sets of eyes keeping a lookout for the welfare of the entire neighborhood is an excellent deterrent to would-be thieves and undesirables.


Have you done any of the things indicated on the list above? If not, then please get to work and make this as a checklist for you. Doing these essential tasks to safeguard your loved ones will go a long way in making sure your family and neighbors are always safe.


Hi there! I’m Guy, the guy behind Guy About Home (that’s a lot of guy’s). I’m just your average guy (ok, I’ll stop) living in the USA who is really interested in making and doing.