10 tips to make your home less attractive to thieves

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No one wants their home to be burgled, fortunately there are some things you, as a homeowner, can actively do to ensure your home looks like a less attractive option to would be thieves. 1. Don’t make it easy From ladders to tall bins & anything that they can use to get into a second storey window where you’re less likely to have locks on windows, should be stored out of sight. 2. Don’t give thieves a shopping list Leaving the empty boxes for your new Xbox One and 3D plasma TV in full view tells a burglar exactly what they can find inside your home. 3. Don’t just install an alarm & show it off You don’t have to let everyone know the make and model of your alarm system, but having highly visible evidence of an alarm system can deter some would-be thieves. 4. Don’t be the best house on the street We all like to take pride in our homes, but if yours looks better than the rest of your neighbors it can be a bit like hanging a sign on your home saying: Look at me! & We’re not saying go for the dilapidated look far from it as you’ll see next. Just blend in. 5. Don’t let your home fall into disrepair A home that looks uncared for can be appealing for the opportunist thief. They want an easy target – and these days, they can almost guarantee that you’ll own a TV and other gadgets. 6. Don’t make it obvious that you’re on holiday Nothing beats a pile of newspapers and mail for...