We all want to feel safe in our own homes, of course. This can be accomplished through a number of ways, not the least being an investment in home security features. But a cheaper method is simply not to broadcast to potential invaders that your home may be a target. So here’s how to protect your home from theft by avoiding rookie mistakes.

“A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.” - H. L. Mencken

Lacking in Home Security Features

Literally better to be safe than sorry
Security cameras provide a great peace of mind. Source: Amazon

We’ll start with the obvious. While not every homeowner can afford a lavish camera system for their property, sometimes installing a few small cameras (whether or not they actually work) can sometimes be enough to discourage an observant thief. Of course, the same thing might be achieved by simply posting a “video surveillance” sign at the front of your house. But here are some other ways to burglar proof your home:

The Spare Key

The old key under the mat trick
Oldies but goodies when it comes to home safety. Source: Your home security watch

Many homeowners don’t want to lock themselves out, but unfortunately, experienced burglars are able to spot fake rocks and obvious hiding spots. So leave the extra key with a neighbor or trusted friend. That’s what burglars don't like. Alternatively, you can install a keypad lock and nip that problem in the bud.

Don’t Show off

Another way to safeguard your home from intruders
Be sure to hide anything that looks expensive. Source: Houselogic

Try not to advertise the expensive items you have in your home, or when you go on vacation. This means that maybe you shouldn’t throw out that box for a big screen high def television, as that might paint a target on your home. Here’s a list of things you should avoid doing to burglar proof your home.

Do not:

  • Advertise expensive products that you own
  • Post where you are on social media
  • Be a stranger to neighbors
  • Let your garage door opener be visible


  • Lock up
  • Get a dog
  • Invest in security features
  • Keep your home visible

Unkempt Lawn

Overgrown grass can be a telltale sign
Be sure to take care of your yard when you're away. Source: Network She

A sure sign that a homeowner has left for a while is an unkempt yard. Tall grass and rampant growth are usually signals that the homeowner hasn’t been home in a while. So if your lawn is looking a little ragged, or if you know you’re going to be gone for a while, be sure to have some basic landscaping done. You can even schedule the service in advance. When it comes to backyard security ideas this option is one of the easiest.

Mail and Newspapers

Another issue is making sure the mail is collected
...and have someone collect the mail. Source: NY Post

Another sure sign that you’re away is the buildup of mail and newspapers on your front porch. The easy solution here is to either call the post office to hold your mail, or simply get a friend or family member to collect it in your absence. These are the ways you may be inviting burglars into your home.

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