13 Ways to Outsmart Burglars


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How do you protect your home and keep burglars from making their way inside? You become proactive about seeing them coming and take practical steps toward outsmarting them. Keep reading to learn how you can stay one step ahead of intruders.

13. Keep Your Trees and Bushes Pruned

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According to Portland, Oregon, news station KGW, burglars don’t want to be seen, so they will look for homes with overgrown trees or bushes. That’s because overgrown shade trees and privacy shrubs are good hiding places. “Theoretically, if every house on a particular block seemed empty, a burglar would still choose to target the house that offers the most privacy,” Reader’s Digest said in an article published on its website. But, if you absolutely must have overgrown trees and bushes, make sure you install motion sensor lighting and/or cameras around these areas.

TIP: Burglars look for homes with big fences, too.

12. Pick Up Your Mail

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Did you know that mail carriers know when you’re out of town or on vacation? Yep, it’s true. Your chocked-full mailbox is a dead giveaway. And, if your mail carrier knows this, you can bet potential burglars know it, too. And, what better home to rob than an empty one? That being said, if you know you’re going to be out of town for an extended period of time, ask a trusted friend to drop by each day to pick up your mail. You could also ask a trusted neighbor to collect your mail and hold it for you until you return.