Published on Dec 29, 2019

Game Thief Background Images

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In common usage, theft is the taking of another person’s property or services without that person’s permission or consent with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it.

The “Beware of Dog” signs as a mode of security simply do not cut it anymore. Those days are long gone. Burglars are just too good. They scout houses, make a plan and can be in and out of a house within 15 minutes.

The problem is that this simple crime does more than just rob you of your personal belongings; it robs you of your sense of security. The home is a sacred place; when it is robbed that feeling of comfort is violated. People can become paranoid.


Although there are many ways of protecting the home and beefing up that home security system, probably the key thing for any homeowner to do is to think like a burglar. If you were going to rob your house, how would you go about doing it? How would you get in? How would you avoid being seen? These are the questions that will help you realize which types of security to focus on.

The immediate surroundings are the first things that should be taken into account. If a thief can easily pass from the street onto your property without being seen, then a few things need to be changed. All overgrowth should be cleared out to allow for easy visibility between the house and the street. Hedges should be trimmed back and any branches blocking views from two-story windows should be cut down. Walkway lights for paths or motion sensor lights to the outside are good things to add to not only allow for easy visibility – especially if you come home late at night and cannot see where you are going – but also to disallow criminals from creeping around unnoticed in the dark.

From there it is time to look at the easily accessible areas of the home: the first-floor windows, doors and the garage. One of the most common access points for any burglar is the unlocked door between the house and the garage. If they can get into the garage, then nothing will stop them from entering the house. Reinforcing locks and bolts on all front doors and windows is a great idea to enhance home security as well as adding screens to the windows and doors. If the Burglar has to get through a screen in the window or open a screen door before entering the house, they will make that much more noise and it will be that much harder.

After those basics have been covered, the next thing for a homeowner to do is to invest in a home security system. If a thief can get into the house, a home alarm will definitely ward them off and alert the surrounding neighbors of an incident. Many of these systems will directly contact the security company or the police and some even come with additional options like infrared cameras and wireless monitoring systems. Even simply putting a sign up in your front lawn stating that your house has a security system can be enough to ward off potential robbers.

When it comes to protecting your home and your loved ones, there is really no reason to not be over prepared. As long as you can think like a thief, you can discover your home’s vulnerable spots and fix them.

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