Keep Windows Covered
Burglars and other ne’er do wells will often peek into windows to find targets of opportunity. They are checking for two things. First, they want to determine whether anyone is home or not. Most burglars don’t want to be disturbed and target homes that are unoccupied.
Second, they are looking for the good stuff. Electronics, of course, are popular. TVs, DVD players, stereo equipment, anything that looks high-end and they can easily carry. Jugs of loose change will also get their attention, as will any other money lying around, jewelry, and firearms.
Do yourself a favor and keep your shades pulled when you’re not home. At night, leave a light on in the kitchen or living room so the glow can be seen from behind the curtains.
Avoid leaving valuables lying around where they can be easily seen, or even grabbed, from a window. Not much you can do about large TVs, of course, but positioning them so they don’t face the street is wise. Think about it this way, if someone were out for a late night stroll, do you really want them coming to a halt in front of your house to see what you’re watching on TV?
Personally, I prefer blinds to just using curtains. I just find them to be better suited for keeping out prying eyes. Curtains are great for aesthetics, of course, so you might choose to use both.
Keeping the blinds closed during the day when you’re not home will also help keep your house cooler in the summer, which will help with the electric bill.