How to Stop Roof Burglary

Written by zoe van-de-velde
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How to Stop Roof Burglary
There are simple ways to protect vulnerable home areas from roof burglary. (small house, big house image by Nino Pavisic from

Protecting your home from roof burglary, or burglary of any kind, is fairly easy and doesn't have to be expensive. There are many things you can do that will deter burglars from your property. Many burglaries are opportunistic and this means that if a burglar sees a weak spot he may decide to target your home. Giving out the message to a potential burglar that this would be a bad idea is something that is easily achievable.

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Things you need

  • Outdoor lights
  • Motion sensors
  • Anti-climb paint

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    Use special timers on your indoor and outdoor lights to make them come on at certain times to give the impression someone is at home. Burglars are opportunists, and a seemingly empty house can be a target.

    How to Stop Roof Burglary
    Using lighting is an effective method to deter would-be burglars. (two outdoor lights image by ann triling from
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    Affix outside lights in your backyard, near the gutters and on--or as near as you canto the roof. If you can get lights that are motion-sensitive, this is even better. A burglar will be easily dissuaded if he is lit up like a Christmas tree every time he tries to get near your roof.

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    Buy sensors if you already have outdoor lights. This will convert your lights to motion-sensitive lights and therefore will cost you less.

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    Purchase anti-climb paint. You should be able to get this from your local hardware store.

    How to Stop Roof Burglary
    Paint your gutters and drain pipes with anti-climb paint. (street lamp, roof gutter image by Andrzej Thiel from
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    Use this paint on your gutters, fences or anywhere else that could be climbed to reach your roof.

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    Place a warning sign stating that anti-climb paint has been employed on your property. Again, these can be purchased at a hardware store.

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    Walk up to your house 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 instance, 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.

    How to Stop Roof Burglary
    Find the weak points in your home security. (house image by hans slegers from
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    Check that you have left no ladders or anything else outside that could be used to climb up to your roof.

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    Check that your shed and garage have secure locks; often a burglar can access these and all the tools or ladders within them to break into your house.

Tips and warnings

  • Think about installing a burglar alarm if you are concerned about your property.
  • Consult a security expert or police officer about the best security measures for your house.
  • Do not use spikes or nails to prevent burglars. These are dangerous and could cause serious injury.

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