How do you know if someone is watching your house?
It’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings in your neighborhood and know who lives around you. This helps you better protect your family and your home. But what if you feel like you are being watched? When a burglar breaks into a home, they often have been planning it for a while. They have set a target and know what they are looking for. How can you know if someone is watching your house and planning on you being the target?
There are obvious signs that someone is scouting out your house for a potential burglary. You might notice someone walking around your neighborhood frequently, possibly taking notes or pictures. There also might be someone parked on your street for long periods of time that you do not recognize. A burglar might pose as someone who needs help with their car or other issue just to get close to your house and your family. And of course, there is the threat of people working on your house like construction workers, carpet cleaners or furniture movers. Be sure you are familiar with the people you allow to come inside your home.
These people might be perfectly harmless, or they might not. It is worth it to be aware of suspicious activity in your neighborhood. If you do notice something outside of the regular day-to-day activity, call your local police department. They are happy to come out and investigate anything that might lead to a burglary or violence. It’s best to try and stop a crime before it happens.
To protect your family and your home from a break-in, there are a few simple measures you can take that will help a lot:
- Make sure you keep your yard tidy and well-maintained. If the lawn looks overgrown and there are weeds in the flower beds, it can sometimes tip off a burglar that no one is home and possibly on a long trip.
- Put away your children’s toys and bikes at the end of the day. If you child’s bike is especially expensive, it might tip off potential burglars that you have other valuable things inside your home.
- Do not leave mail in your mailbox or packages on your doorstep. This could make a burglar think you are out of town. Also, never post on social media that you are out of town. You never know who could see that as an opportunity to break into your house.
- Do a daily check that you windows are locked and secure. It is even a good idea to cut a wooden dowel and put it inside the track of your windows to further protect your family.
- Never leave the house with the doors unlocked. 30% of burglaries happened with the door being unlocked.