How to Deter Burglars and Prevent Repeat Incidents

Home security is a top priority for every homeowner. Protecting your loved ones and belongings requires a strategic approach to deter potential burglars. Below we’ve outlined some of our top tips for discouraging burglars from targeting your home and discuss measures to prevent burglars returning, but if you’re after even more support and assistance, please get in touch with a member of our friendly team today. We have over 40 years of experience in the security industry, and can provide specialist guidance needed for you to feel confident in your home’s safety.

How to deter Burglars from your home:

Strengthen Your Perimeter:

Quality Locks:

Invest in high-quality deadbolt locks for all exterior doors. Reinforce door frames to make them more resistant to forced entry.

Window Security:

Install window locks and consider adding security film to make it harder for intruders to break through. Thorny plants beneath windows can act as a natural deterrent.

Outdoor Lighting:

Illuminate your property with motion-activated lights. A well-lit exterior can dissuade burglars by eliminating potential hiding spots.

Access Control Systems

If you want to make it even harder for thieves to reach your property, consider installing an easy-to-use access control system. They provide a convenient and secure solution to controlling who has access to your building and can be fully integrated into your alarm system.

Surveillance Systems:

Visible Cameras:

Install visible CCTV security cameras at entry points to deter potential burglars. Ensure they are well-maintained and prominently displayed.

Smart Home Security:

Invest in a smart home security system that allows remote monitoring. Smart doorbells with cameras and motion detectors can provide real-time alerts.

Create the Illusion of Occupancy:

Timers for Lights and Electronics:

Use timers for lights, TVs, and radios to simulate the presence of occupants, especially when you’re away.


Keep your lawn well-maintained to avoid the appearance of an empty home. Arrange for someone to collect mail and newspapers if you’re away for an extended period.

Neighborhood Watch:

Community Engagement:

Join or initiate a neighborhood watch program. A strong sense of community can discourage criminal activity.

Know Your Neighbors:

Establish a relationship with your neighbors. A watchful community is more likely to notice and report suspicious activity.

Hide Valuables

Ensure that valuable items are not easily visible from windows. This reduces the temptation for burglars to return for specific items. As previously mentioned, opportunism is often what generates break-ins, so you need to avoid giving an intruder any indication as to what’s inside your home. All valuables, such as your phone, laptop and jewellery, should be kept out of sight, and all curtains should be pulled after dark.


Preventing Repeat Incidents:

Whilst studies show that it is likely that a second burglary can occur after an initial break-in, many people are slow to act securing their home after a burglary. This leaves opportunities open for the intruder to return with much more knowledge about the property.

The intruder will already know easy entrance and exit points, the floor plan and if they are smart enough, they will wait until all the things that have originally been taken are replaced, ready to take again

Secure Points of Entry:

After a break-in, assess and reinforce the points of entry that were compromised. Upgrade security measures to prevent a repeated occurrence.

Review Security Measures:

Regularly assess and update your home security measures. Stay informed about advancements in security technology and make necessary upgrades.

Report Incidents Promptly:

If you experience a break-in, report it to the police immediately. This increases the chances of apprehending the perpetrator and prevents them from targeting your home again.


By implementing these comprehensive home security measures, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of a burglary and/or a second attempt. Remember that prevention and deterrence go hand in hand, and an engaged community plays a crucial role in maintaining a safe neighbourhood. Stay vigilant, stay connected, and take proactive steps to fortify your home against potential threats.

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