Home Burglary Prevention



Options to Consider

When it comes to home burglary prevention there are physical and psychological things that citizens can do to help deter the attraction of criminals from not only their home but their entire neighborhood. If everyone is participating and adding these layers described below the quality of life could be improved. 

Expensive Options to Consider

  • Alarm systems
  • Surveillance camera system: Serves as a great psychological deterrent but also assists Police with investigations for identification etc.
  • Doorbell cameras to include motion activated smart phone alerts.
  • Solid storm doors with a deadbolt for exterior doors can serve as a great physical and psychological deterrent (Front, back, side etc.)
  • Upgrade to good cylinder dead bolt locks for exterior doors and be sure to use them. (You truly get what you pay for here)
  • Window protection film/laminated glass films: This helps reinforce the strength of glass around your home.
  • Lighting:  Adding extra lights to include motion lights, photo light cells, light timers, solar lights around your home and property. In the long run, adding LED lights could actually save you money.
  • Wireless motion alert systems:  These can alert you by noise, or even by smart phone alerts, of motion occurring inside or outside of your residence.
  • Guard dog(s): Dogs help create noise and serve as a possible physical and psychological deterrent.
Inexpensive Options to Consider
  • Outdoor dusk to dawn light control sockets:  Outdoor light bulbs screw into this socket; the light will automatically turn on when dark, and off when light is present.
  • Fake/decoy cameras:  These can be purchased at most hardware stores or online and serve as a cheap psychological deterrent.
  • Get fake/decoy stickers and signs made to place around your property, which serve as another great psychological deterrent. These are also available in local home improvement stores.
  • 3-inch wood decking screws:  This is to upgrade from standard one inch screws that go into the strike plates of locks, hinges, etc., on your exterior doors. This is a very inexpensive thing to help strengthen door frames, locks, and doors in general. ** (More tips on back page) **
  • Routine maintenance:  Keeping your landscape groomed and not allowing trees/shrubs to create concealment around your windows, doors, etc.  Ultimately, you want to allow visibility from the street or alleyway for neighbors or police to see. 
  • Window security system kits: Very inexpensive and battery operated to alert you or create noise when windows/doors are opened or tampered with.
  • Leave radios/televisions on when away to create noise within.
  • Be cognizant of posting on any social media site (vacation pics, check-ins, etc.) when you are away from your home.
  • Don’t leave garage doors, windows, doors open/unlocked. 
  • Leave lights on when dark. 
  • Report suspicious activity immediately (vehicle descriptions, plates, people, etc.). Even if officers are unable to apprehend the suspect(s), these details can help officers who are investigating the incident.
  • Start a Neighborhood Watch group to get to know your neighbors, create trusting relationships, and instill a larger extra eye than the one on your own property. 
The idea behind these psychological and physical tips listed above is to create an environment overwhelming enough for the criminal(s) to influence their behavior. We want to send that signal to them from the curb or alleyway with as many of these layers in place. Crime Prevention in itself only pushes crime out of a particular area, but unfortunately crime ends up in another. It takes some self-initiative, a proactive mindset, and team effort to start and maintain this push. If you begin with your home and neighborhood, together this could improve the quality of life within our community. 
Officer Brandon Beauvais 
Pueblo Police Department 
Crime Prevention Officer 
Neighborhood Watch Coordinator 
CPTED Certified