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Now that summer is gone and fall is in full swing, it’s a great time to take a trip with the family. Whether it is to the beach to catch some last minute deals or to the mountains to check out some of the fall foliage, a lot of people choose to travel this time of year. However, before you travel, it would be a good idea to make sure that your home is safe from home break-in attempts.

Home Burglary Prevention Tips

According to MetLife Auto & Home, approximately 33% of burglaries are committed without the use of forced entry.

MetLife Auto & Home offers these quick DIY home burglary prevention tips to help make your home safer while you are away. First, install deadbolt locks on all your entry doors. Deadbolts are available at most hardware stores, and are relatively inexpensive (especially when compared to the cost of a burglary) plus they are easy to install. They also make breaking into your home a much more difficult task for a would-be burglar.

Next, it is a great idea to install exterior lights around the outside of your home. This deters burglars from targeting your home because they can be easily spotted. This will also help prevent potential assaults from dark areas where burglars can hide.

You may also want to consider installing an alarm system. These systems can be installed yourself or professionally. Either way, they help protect your home and in the event that someone does attempt to break into your home, they will alert authorities immediately and get them out of your home quickly.

Also, trim your bushes and hedges. This helps to keep down hiding places and takes away possible climbing areas where thieves can enter your home in higher windows.

Finally, if your home has sliding glass doors, simply cut a piece of wood to fit into the track behind the door in your sliding glass door. This will help prevent thieves from getting the door open, even if they are able to break the lock.

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These useful home burglary prevention tips will help protect your home and keep it safe and secure while you are on vacation and also when you are not. MetLife Auto & Home can also help protect you and your family with their comprehensive and affordable life, home and auto insurance policies.

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  1. Excellent tips. We do all of these. We live in the country in a very small community – but you never known.

  2. EVERY exterior door to our house has a deadbolt. I can’t imagine ever having a door without one.

  3. We have deadbolts on our doors too. We also have a big dog that’s inside. I think that is a good deterrent too.

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      I agree. I think a big dog is definitely a good deterrent. Little yappy ones that people can’t see are small probably help, too. :)

  4. Nicole Dz says:

    We use timers when away for our indoor and outdoor lights, we also have a friend who comes by the house daily to care foe the animals when we are away. Great tips!

  5. These are all great tips. We just installed dead bolts on all of our doors. Our home is rarely left attended when we are away as family comes to stay to care for our dogs, but burglaries can happen even when someone is home, so it is necessary to be safe at all times.

  6. Very good ideas. A lot of people don’t put a block on their sliding doors. Very good reminder

  7. I’m an apartment renter in a neighborhood thieves would be afraid of quite frankly but I’ll keep these in mind as I plan on moving soon! Thanks for sharing. :-)

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      Eeek! Not sure I would want to live in a neighborhood that even the thieves are afraid of, lol. Glad you are moving soon. :)

  8. Thanks so much for the tips… Thankfully my home has never been broken into, but it’s a huge fear of mine!

  9. These are great tips! I would like to install a security system and would love to have a fence. I do have dogs that people seem to be nervous around.

  10. These are all really great tips. In this day and age you can never be too careful. Watching the news can scare the pants off you!

  11. I am so paranoid. Thanks for reminding me! ;)

  12. Pauline Cabrera says:

    My family’s a huge sucker for security. We’d rather be paranoid and extra careful than be victims.

  13. These are all great tips and we do them all right down to the wood stick in the sliding glass door. We recently installed outside cameras too and they have come in very handy.

  14. I put wood in our glass sliders when we had them. Those doors still make me nervous though… I don’t why.

  15. Our home was broke into about 7 years ago. It was such an awful feeling.

  16. Great tips. It’s scary to think of someone invading our privacy, and possibly harming up! We always put a block in our sliding door as well.

  17. Awesome tips! You can never be too careful or prepared. People are nuts and around where I love this is pretty common sadly:(

  18. We’ve always had a wooden broom handle inside of our sliding doors. I never thought of using a cut piece of wood. I also like the tip about cutting down your bushes.

  19. Fi Ní Neachtáin says:

    Great tips. It’s so important to keep your home secure. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Very good tips! I used to watch the show “It takes a Thief” and it really opens your eyes to what can happen. I hope to never experience it!

  21. These are great tips, thanks for sharing! It always makes me feel safer when I’ve done my homework and made preparations.

  22. Elaine Buonsante says:

    Great tips! I thought I had them all covered but I neglected the sliding doors…thank you. I’ll be taking care of that directly!