Having your home burglarised can be a distressing experience. Here are two steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of someone breaking into your property:
Install security screen doors
Burglars often get in through the front or back door, by snapping open the locks. If you're concerned about the possibility of a thief entering your home in this manner, it might be worth installing security screen doors. These can be positioned outside of any exterior door. They are usually made from a very robust metal, which is next to impossible for the average burglar to cut through. (in most cases, these doors cannot be cut open without the use of large electrical power tools, which very few burglars tend to carry around with them).
Security screen doors can be particularly useful during the hot summer months, when you may want to keep your front and back doors open, to allow a cool breeze into your home. These security screens allow you to do this, without having to worry about any opportunistic thieves walking into your property through these entryways.
Add a coat of anti-climb paint to your house exterior
A lot of people leave the upper floor windows of their home open during the warmer seasons. Unfortunately, if a thief spots an open window (even if it's on the second or third floor of a property), they may attempt to enter the property via this route. Many experienced burglars are adept at scaling walls and can clamber up to an open first or second-floor window in a matter of minutes.
As such, it might be worth adding a coat of anti-climb paint to the exterior walls of your home. This is a type of paint which remains permanently oily. Its slippery texture means that it is next to impossible for a burglar to gain a grip on the wall surface and climb up it.
If you have a security fence around the boundary of your property, you could also add a coat of the paint to this structure, to make it harder for would-be thieves to climb over it.
Whilst the expense of painting the entire exterior of your home may be off-putting, it's worth keeping in mind that the cost of this is likely to be far less than the cost of replacing stolen valuables from your home. It could also spare you the extreme emotional distress of having your home broken into.