6.Making keys easily accessible
Surprisingly or not, many people still leave their keys under the doormat, in fake stones or inside hollow garden figurines. Thieves can spot the not particularly good hiding places super easily and quickly. A similar mistake is to leave the garage door remote and keys in your car. In this case, you are in for double trouble. You have to keep all your home keys with you at all times. When you are at home, you should store them in places which are hard to find.
7. Having a dark and bushy garden
Such gardens are not only unsightly. They attract burglars like magnet because it is super easy to sneak in the dark and to hide in the shades. You have to trim all trees and bushes on a regular basis along with mowing the lawn. The fence, the doors and the areas next to the ground floor windows have to be well lit. You can use permanent lights or sensor lights for higher energy efficiency.
8. Allowing for gaps in the functioning of security systems
Sometimes, you do not feel like turning the burglar alarm on when you go next door to pick the kids up. Similarly, you can forget the switch the CCTV system recorder on when you leave for the weekend. Such seemingly small mistakes can compromise the security of your house completely. You must ensure that the alarm system and the CCTV system are on and working perfectly at all times. Just make it a habit to check them when you leave the house. You have to provide proper care and maintenance and repair, when needed, as well.
9. Bragging about your travel plans online
You are super excited about an upcoming trip and you share this with your friends on Facebook or with your buddies on the World of Warcraft forum. That way, you are literally sending an invitation for thieves to visit your house when you will be away. They do keep an eye on the social networks and forums so you have to watch out. The best protection measure is to keep your plans for yourself.
10. Relying on a guard dog
It is a common misconception that every dog is a living burglar alarm. Real guard dogs are actually specially selected from certain breeds and extensively trained to do their job. There is never guarantee that your house pet will be up to the task. That is why you should install a burglar alarm and a home CCTV system.