13 Sneaky Ways FBI Agents Protect Their Homes
Who better to get advice on home protection than FBI agents who have studied and observed the minds of criminals? Even better? These home security tips are totally doable!
“Designate a room as a safe room that the family can go to in the event of an emergency like a home invasion or burglary,” recommends Kardian. “The safe room can be an elaborate, reinforced walk-in closet or a bathroom with a solid door and good lock. A door security bar can be purchased for $25. A prepaid cell phone that stays in the safe room allows you to call for help if you leave your cell phone behind. Another device to keep in the safe room is the Tigerlight D.A.D. (Defense Alert Device). “The reason I like the D.A.D. is that you can silently send an emergency GPS alert to your contact list including your family. It has a crowd alert that will notify anyone within one mile of your location that you are in danger. It also has a built-in flashlight, police/military-grade pepper spray, superior technology, and it’s legal in all 50 states,” says Kardian. You can also keep some of your valuables there, to avoid leaving them in the 10 hiding spots burglars always look first.
A landscaped yard can have a dual-purpose: one for beauty and one for creating a defensive barrier. “Prickly or spiny plants, such as various types of rose bushes and evergreens, can be used to create a hedge that can become an impenetrable barrier. They can also be trained to climb along an existing wall or fence to deter an intruder from climbing,” notes Kane. Placing these types of plants near doors and windows will prevent intruders from hiding close to your home.
Would-be intruders will think you’re home with inexpensive technology and common sense. Light switches are effective, but Kane suggests making the lights similar to how daily and evening lighting may look like by programming them so they turn on and off multiple times during the day and night. A radio, programmed to talk radio, is another deterrent that gives the impression someone is home as well. Finally, don’t stop services or deliveries. Let your friends or neighbors handle these matters while you are away because the fewer people that know you are away, the safer your house will be. You need to make sure you’re being smart when you’re away from home too. These tricks to outsmart criminals will keep you safe from theft wherever you go.