Let Your Neighbours Use Your Driveway To Deter Burglars

We’ve shared a few ways to hide your valuables in case of theft, but to keep burglars from stopping at your house in the first place, let your neighbours park their car in your driveway while you’re on holidays.

A house that screams “I’m away on holidays” is more likely to draw the attention of thieves. HomeAlarmMonitoring.org offers 10 simple tips to make it look like your home, including obvious tips (like leaving a light on), and less obvious tips like this one:

Keep a vehicle in front of the home: It’s a great idea to ask a friend to park and regularly move a vehicle in plain sight around your home. For those burglars who choose to “case” potential targets, a vehicle that is regularly moving is a sure sign that either someone is still home or someone is watching the house.

Depending on the neighbourhood you live in, this is unlikely to inconvenience your neighbours, as they just use your driveway instead of their own. Plus, the constant moving around of the car creates the illusion that someone really is home (and not just leaving a light on). They’ve got quite a few other interesting tips, so hit the link to read the full article. And, of course, if you’ve got your own ways of making your house look active, share them with us in the comments. Photo by Nicole Quick.

10 Tricks to Make Burglars Think Someone is Home [Home Alarm Monitoring via The Consumerist]

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