How To Outsmart Your Burglar

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How To Outsmart Your Burglar

As Albertans are hit with an early arrival of winter, rumoured to be extremely cold and long, many of us are thinking of a getaway to warmer climates.

Before you leave for your vacation, here are a few steps you can take to outsmart a burglar:

1. Light Up Your Property

Intruders don’t want to be seen. They love properties that are dark at night. However, when they see a home with bright lights everywhere, illuminating all the doors and windows, they will likely move onto an easier target.

Invest in Motion Lights and light up your yard.

Connect lights to timers in more than just one room in your house. Several lights throughout the home, programmed to come on at different times, will help in keeping away a burglar.

2. Make Your Home Look Occupied

A burglar prefers homes that are unoccupied. Don’t make it obvious that no one is at home.

Leave your TV on or better yet, use a TV Simulator with a timer, simulating a 42-inch HD Television, available on line.

Make sure to stop your mail delivery and cancel the newspaper. Ask your neighbour to check for any flyers on a daily basis and remove them. One of the newer tactics used by burglars is to stick a flyer in your door to confirm that you are actually away.

A sure giveaway of your absence is unmarked snow on your front steps, in your driveway and on sidewalks. Arrange for someone to shovel the snow regularly.

3. Hide Your Valuables

Did you know that an intruder rarely bothers with kids’ rooms? However, he will look for valuables in your dresser drawers, bedside table, medicine cabinet and freezer. And don’t we all keep car keys in the front closet? Guess where a burglar is going to look as soon as he is inside your house. So take your time and try to find less common hiding spots.

Keeping your valuables in a safe is only a good idea if it is securely bolted down. Otherwise, there is a good chance the entire safe will disappear in a burglary.

One of the more unusual ways of hiding valuables could be a Diversion Book Safe, either purchased or made yourself by hollowing out a book to create a hiding space inside. Just make sure it blends in well with your actual books.


It doesn’t matter if you are leaving for a longer vacation or just a few hours, take a few simple steps to outsmart a would-be burglar. That includes always arming your security system before your leave the house.

If you don’t have a security system, if your security system is not monitored, or if you are unhappy with your current security provider, call me for a free, no-obligation consultation. You’ll be glad you did!

Ulli Robson, Security Specialist, 780-288-2986