Putting every single item on your property away into a shed or the garage can be tiresome, but some of the items you leave out can help burglars get inside. Intruders won’t often walk onto your property with a giant wrench or a stepping stool because that would make them look too suspicious to your neighbors. They often depend on things they find around your home to help them get into your home. So don’t leave these things outside at night.
Ladders obviously make it easy for burglars to climb to vulnerable spots in your home, like skylights or flimsy attic windows. But the other thing ladders do is make your burglar look like a worker on your property. If neighbors see somebody climbing your ladder—the ladder they see out there every day—they’ll presume that is just somebody you hired to do work around your home, and they’ll be less likely to call the authorities.
If you have a dog, he can serve as a natural alarm system. But if you leave your dog’s treats or toys outside, a burglar can have these ready in his hand when he steps inside. Your dog might bark for a moment, but the burglar can quickly appease him with a treat. Once your dog has stopped barking, even if he woke you up, you might think he was just barking at a squirrel or car passing by since he’s sine become quiet. Your dog might drag his toys out into the yard during the day, so do a quick pass over the yard before going to bed at night and bring those inside.
If lawn chairs are tall enough, they can help a burglar peer into a window to check out the activity inside of your home. That helps him identify an opportune time to break in. Lawn chairs also give a burglar something to hide under or behind if you come outside when he’s trying to break in.
Flashlights provide numerous ways for a burglar to get into your home. One way is by pure distraction: from one side of your yard, your burglar can flash the light on the other side. If you see that light, you might go out to investigate the area where you see the light and be completely distracted while your burglar sneaks into your home. Flashlights also help your burglar look for vulnerable entryways on your home. He can, for example, scan the bottoms of your outside walls to look for any vents or discrete windows. He can even spot motion sensors and surveillance cameras from afar, so he knows how to avoid them.
A burglar can use the rope to climb a tree outside of your home and climb onto your roof. He could even set it up to trip you if you come outside.
Toolkits are full of things a burglar can use to get into your home. They have screwdrivers that a burglar can use to quietly dismount your surveillance cameras, as well as to pick a lock. They have wrenches a burglar can use to pop open a window. They have hammers to help him quietly break a window in a concentrated area. Don’t leave your toolkit out—the tools you use to fix your home could be the same tools used to burglarize it.
Garage door openers
It’s easy to forget the garage door opener on the table outside of the garage, or the ledge outside of your back door. But if you leave it out, a burglar can steal anything inside of your garage. Or, he can get into your garage to get other items on this list like a ladder, a toolkit or some rope.
Having items scattered around your property, on your front lawn, and in your driveway, doesn’t just provide a burglar with tools to break in; they also show neglect. In a previous article, we stated burglars chose homes that look neglected, believing the owners not to be home. Keeping a tidy outside area tells burglars you have been home recently and are paying attention to your property.