If we lived in a perfect world, there would be no such thing as home burglary. Unfortunately, it is not a perfect world and burglary continues to be the number one property crime in the United States and perhaps even in the whole world.

In this article we will give you some suggestions on what are the best practices to improve your home security and prevent burglary of your home. It should be noted that these practices are time-tested methods or products that contribute to the goal; in this particular case, improving home security.

In case you didn't know, one out of every six homes falls victim to burglary every year. Between the value of goods taken and damage done to the home during the burglary, nearly $4,000 is lost. When you compare that financial loss to the simple and easy steps you can take to prevent home burglary-best practices-it doesn't make any sense not to do them.

The first thing that we recommend is that you take any steps you can to improve your home security that may be free which is especially important for new homeowners or first-time home owners who may be strapped for cash.

1. For example, did you know that every police department in the country will do a free home security evaluation of your home if you ask and they have the manpower and time available.

2. Removing trees and shrubbery that provide excellent hiding places for burglars around lower-level doors and windows is a no-brainer.

3. The number one way that burglars gain entry into a home is through unlocked doors and windows. Lock all your doors and windows even when you are at home.

Then as time and financial resources allow:

• Look at installing simple window alarms that are very inexpensive and set off a loud siren alarm when the window is opened.

• We would then recommend installing security cameras which provide an excellent deterrent to home burglary. If they seem too expensive for you, fake security cameras will do the job.

• If a burglar does gain entry into your home, a motion activated alarm, with the siren as loud as 120 dB will certainly scare him away.

• Get a dog! It is a proven fact that you can verify by asking any law enforcement office that the sound of a barking dog is the number one deterrent to home burglary. When a burglar hears the sound of a barking dog he leaves the premises right away. He wants no part of that!

If you follow these home security best practices and, if you can afford it, install security cameras, window alarms and even motion activated alarms, you will be way ahead of the game.

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