Thinking about your home security shouldn’t start once you’ve moved into a home; it should start when you’re deciding which home to buy or rent. You can control the security of your property through the use of home automated security systems, motion sensor lights and guard dogs, but you can’t control your home’s surroundings, and those can play a large role in your chances of being burglarized.
If you’re currently looking at buying or renting a home, keep the following information in mind, so you can do your best to reduce your chances of being burglarized.
You may have always dreamed of living in a corner house. When you drive down a pretty neighborhood street, the corner houses stand out the most because you can see more of their surface area. Corner houses don’t have as many homes sitting directly on either side, or the front or back, of their property. But this also makes them stand out to burglars. The more exposed walls, the more ways for a burglar to get in. Burglars can easily scope out your home and identify several entryways when your house juts out on the street corner.
Sitting next to a luxury home
Burglars might intend to target the giant mansion that you live next to, but if things don’t go as planned, they may just turn their attention to the next best thing—the house that’s right next door. If burglars find it too hard to break into your neighboring mansion, they may look over the fence and realize nobody is home at your place, so they may as well try there. When one home is burglarized, the damage usually affects the neighboring properties. Burglars may hide on your property from the police, or break a window on your property to misdirect the police while they attack the mansion next door.
Facing an alley
Burglars love a good alley. Alleys typically aren’t well-lit, have plenty of dumpsters to hide behind, and are often even too narrow for a police car to drive down. Alleys are also behind your home, meaning they aren’t facing the front yards and windows of your neighbors and people who could see them at work. If the home facing the alley is significantly less expensive than the others on the block, there’s a reason for that. You may be better off paying the higher price for a home that doesn’t face an alley.
Being obscured by landscaping
Having tall, manicured hedges in front of your home or a long row of dramatic-looking trees may add aesthetic appeal to your home, but it adds burglar appeal, too. Burglars look for houses where they can attack out of the sight of onlookers. So having as little greenery in front of your home as possible is the smart safety choice. But you cannot control what your neighbors do, and if they put up large hedges, they could be putting both of your security at risk. Talk to your neighbor about shortening their hedges. This would be a mutually beneficial action that could help you see if someone is attacking their home and visa versa.
You live near a pedestrian walkway/park
Living near a park or pretty pedestrian walkway can be convenient if you love to go for jogs or need someplace to walk your dog. But this also means strangers will regularly be in front of your home. And that means if your neighbors see anyone loitering in front of your house, they wouldn’t think much of it; that’s ordinary for the area. A burglar could easily stroll around, checking out entryways without any suspicion.
You’re in the up-and-coming area
It’s called up-and-coming for a reason – it might be on the cusp of niceness, maybe it’s walkable, maybe the school districts are becoming better, maybe there’s a growing social scene – but it may not be all the way there yet. You can certainly get a price cut if you’re willing to be among the first buying new homes in the neighborhood that’s getting a makeover. But keep in mind that that neighborhood still may have its flaws, like crime, break-ins and slow police response time.
Before you even begin looking at homes, mentally prepare yourself to prioritize the location of the house, as much as the house itself. This can prevent any disappointment over falling in love with a house that doesn’t sit in a safe position.