It is an unfortunate fact that many criminals specifically target cabins and other types of vacation homes. While you will never be able to make your cabin completely impervious to break-ins, these few tips and tricks will greatly reduce your risk of burglaries, vandalism, and other crimes.
Most burglars won’t break into a cabin unless there are valuables inside. If you plan on leaving your cabin for an extended period of time, then you should take all of your electronics, firearms, and jewelry with you. You might also want to invest in a high-quality safe that can be bolted to the foundation of your cabin. A dedicated burglar will eventually be able to break into one of those safes, but the average criminal won’t have the tools or expertise for that type of work.
Studies have revealed that homes without security systems are three times more likely to be robbed. While it might be tempting to hide cameras and alarms throughout your cabin, you want potential thieves to know that a security system has been installed. Putting up security placards and stickers should deter most criminals. You also have the option of installing a smart security system that can be controlled from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access.
Your cabin’s doors are going to be your first line of defense against thieves, and that is why you should consider upgrading all of your entryways. Modern security doors are incredibly strong, and they have been designed to withstand devastating impacts. As an added bonus, most security doors are fairly easy to install, and this simple project should take you no more than a few hours.
Vacant residences are very appealing to burglars, and you must do everything in your power to make sure that your cabin appears lived in. Before you leave for an extended period of time, you might want to put all of your lights on timers. You should also clean up around the cabin so that it doesn’t look abandoned. Tidying up just before you leave will greatly reduce your risk of a break-in.
In addition to these four tips, you should also try to befriend your neighbors and other locals. Having someone regularly check your cabin while you are away is one of the best ways to deter burglars.