Burglars are looking for homes that are easy to break into and get away undetected. There are a few tell-tale signs that your home is an easy target. At Firstline Locksmith, we want to keep your home secure and your family safe. That’s why in this post, we’re going to share with you the top three signs that tell burglars your home may be an easy target and how to remedy these signs to deter criminals.

Why Burglars Think Your Home Is An Easy Target

Reason #1 – Your Daily/Weekly Newspaper Is In The Driveway

Whether your newspaper is still in your yard, hedge, or driveway, it’s a sign that you’re either not home or that you don’t read the newspaper. Your newspaper is also one of the first signs burglars look for to identify potential targets in a given neighborhood.

Other “newspaper” signs that burglars look for are notes on your front door or packages delivered on your front porch. If either of these exist for more than 48 hours, a burglar will mark your home as a potential target.

The easiest way to remedy this is to have your neighbor, friend, or family member, bring in your newspapers, notes, and packages on a regular basis, if you’ll be gone for a few days. Don’t want your newspaper anymore? Cancel the subscription. These small actions can save you thousands of dollars.

Reason #2 – Your Routine Is Predictable

Our entire lives, we’re told that routine is our friend. It’s what will help us become successful in life. What’s unfortunate, burglars take advantage of this when they’re targeting homes. A homeowner who is away from their home during the same span of hours each day makes it easy for burglars to determine when they should break in.

Did you know that on average 1.49 million home burglaries occur during the day between the hours of 6am and 6pm, annually? This data would show that your home is its most vulnerable while you’re at work, which is why your routine is working against your home security.



The quickest way to remedy this is to check on your home during the day, whether that be mixing up your lunch time to go home; asking a friend or family member to check on the home two or three times a day; or, install exterior and interior motion sensor surveillance cameras that alert you when things are amiss.

Reason #3 – Your Home Has Large Shrubbery, Trees, Or Hedges

Home landscaping is a great way to enhance curb appeal and increase privacy, but it’s also a tool burglars can use to get close to your home without being noticed. Consider a home that’s at the end of a cul-de-sac, has 10 foot hedges, and two massive oak trees in the front yard. This home offers an abundance of cover for a burglar compared to a home that lives on a corner lot, has no trees in the yard, and the hedges are less than three feet tall. Which house would a burglar consider targeting first?

Add motion-sensor lights and burglar-proof glass to all your “hidden” doors and windows around your home. This will help deter burglars after they’ve decided to make an attempt to break into your home. Want to make criminals think twice before trespassing? Add home security stickers to your doors and windows, as well as adding one or two home security signs in your yard.

Firstline Locksmith Serves Hamilton

Do you need help securing your door locks on your home? At Firstline Locksmith in New Jersey, we serve the Hamilton area with full-service residential and commercial locksmith services. Don’t go another day wondering if your home is safe. Give us a call today!