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5 ways to prevent home burglaries from your roof

As the saying goes, ‘home is where the heart is’, not only is it your shelter, it’s your sanctuary, it’s the keeper of all your valuable items, sentimental and otherwise. So when your home gets burgled, you can understand it can mean so much more than just losing a few pricey items. While statistically, burglary of a home is relatively low, it can still happen. As roof restoration and roof replacementspecialists, we've seen how burglars think that rooftop access may be the easier entry point. In this post, we look at how to prevent home burglaries from your roof and share also other tips to prevent a thief from breaking into your home.

1) Privacy

Close off the view to inside of your home, burglars have less to go by that way. If they can’t see the benefits in pursuing your home straight off the bat, then they’re less inclined to try. Just note that things outside your home will also reflect what’s inside - expensive garden ornaments, expensive-looking clothes hanging out on the line, or even kids’ toys can denote a family with potential valuables, thieves will also use these things as a determining factor for targeting your home.

2) Through the rooftop

When most people think of a burglary, they assume that it usually happens from the first or ground floor, however from our experience, we know that it can also happen via the rooftop. With motion sensors frequently not installed on the second floor, and most master bedrooms usually situated on the second floor, thieves these days are now seeing burglaries via rooftop entry as easier ways to get in a person’s home. For example, entering by removing a roof vent, and in some even where the roof was cut open.

3) Minimise rooftop vulnerability

Walk around your home and imagine that you want to rob it. Think about the easiest ways to access your property. Through doing this you will discover where the weak points might be. For example, you may have left a key in the lock on the inside of a window or door or maybe the back gate is unlocked and your backyard is easily accessible. Then think about your roof design, make sure any skylights on your rooftop are secured with one-way screws from the inside, so that units can’t be removed to make an easy entrance.

Make it harder for thieves from getting on your rooftop by securing ladders and trash bins from your home; lock them in the garage. In the same vein of not providing ways to helping burglars from getting on top of your roof, make sure to cut down or trim trees that provide entry to rooftops and balconies.

4) Shine the light

Exterior lighting in your backyard should illuminate the roof of your home too, try to install motion sensitive lights. This will make thieves less inclined to going into your property and on your roof if it lights up every time someone goes near it. To go a step further, use special timers on your indoor and outdoor lights to make them come at certain times to give the impression that someone is home.

5) Alarm System

If you have a security system, make sure that every exterior opening, including the upper level, is alarmed. If you don’t have one, it may be time to consider installing one if you are concerned about your property. Also, if you love dogs, it’s worth noting that a large percentage of thieves will simply pass on homes with big dogs.