At Handyman Can of San Clemente security for your home is extremely important to us. This situation happen everyday and will only get worse as the economy gets worse. There are some very simple things you can do to lower the risk of this happening to you. Different things work in different settings. For example, Condo living is different than free standing homes. There are two ways to think about this, how to deter the thief from even trying to brake in your home and how to make them want to leave before they take things should they get inside your home. Most homes are broken into by unprofessional people. Most home break-ins are smash and grab, they are in and out within five minutes are less. In most home break-ins the thieves live in the same neighborhood. They know your routine, and they know when your home or not. First we will think in terms of deterring the would be thief from even picking your home for a break in. Out door lighting is a good night deterrent, but not much help during the day when most break-ins occur. But if we think in terms of night time, a well lit home is less opportunistic than a home who is hidden in darkness. If you were a thief which one would you choose. This helps if the thieves don’t know you, or live in your neighborhood. The single best alarm is a motion detector that goes off immediately and makes a loud noise. No one sticks around if the noise is loud enough. The trick here is having an alarm that doesn’t go off all the time where people ignore it, and for the most part these are for when entree has already occurred. A very inexpensive motion detector will cost ten to twenty dollars, a great investment. To be continued in the next post.