The difference between a burglary and a home invasion is you. If you’re home when it happens, it’s a home invasion. If you’re not, it’s a burglary. And while both can be terrifying, a home invasion puts you at a higher risk for violence and assault. However, the most important thing to remember is that security is simply buying time. Locks, alarms, and other deterrents aren’t infallible, but they can buy you the time you need to hide or arm yourself and call and wait for the police.
Don’t Be Predictable – Be Aware
While most burglaries are crimes of opportunity, some home invasions are not. Sometimes these criminals are actually looking for a confrontation, so it’s important not to make yourself an easy target. Seasoned criminals will canvas your neighborhood and your home, learn your routines and those of your neighbors, and assess your value as a target and ability to resist.
Don’t take the same route home everyday. If you think you’re being followed, trust your gut and walk or drive past your destination and take action that will make it obvious someone is tracking you. Be aware of your neighbors and the flow of your community. If something looks suspicious, don’t ignore it.
Keep your house well lit at night. Leave the porch light on and install motion detecting lights in the not-well-lit areas around your home. Consider a security camera system and redundant camera angles so you’ll capture footage of the criminal even if he’s able to get to a different camera and disable it without it seeing him.
Rough and noisy hedges near windows can deter criminals from using them as an entry point and work as an alert system. Trim hedges and trees near your house to make sure you’re not providing a hiding place or second story / roof access.
Windows and Doors
Consider installing tint on your home windows. This will make it more difficult for would-be thieves to determine what valuables you have. You can also choose install security film on glass doors, which will make it more difficult for them to break and buy you the time you need to get help. And while most security film is clear, there are tinted options available on the market to make the choice easier.
If you have skylights or basement windows, you may also want to install security film there. If you have a sliding glass door, put a piece of wood or a shower rod in the track of the door so it can’t be opened even if the lock is breached.
If you want to secure your home with window tint and/or security film and are in the Las Vegas / Henderson area, give Team Acme a call at (702) 566-8326. We can come out and take measurements of the windows and doors you want to protect or provide you with a form to fill out on your own to get you an accurate quote. We can also help you choose the appropriate film for your needs and your budget.