While it's difficult to protect your home from professional thieves, most home burglaries are done by amateurs. These thieves are more easily thwarted if you employ some of these simple security precautions:

  • Plan to "burglarize" yourself. You'll discover any weaknesses in your security system that may have previously escaped your notice.
  • Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many burglars just walk in through an unlocked door or window.
  • Change all the locks and tumblers when you move into a new house.
  • For the most effective alarm system, conceal all wiring. A professional burglar looks for places where he or she can disconnect the security system.
  • Your house should appear occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you're not at home.
  • If you have a faulty alarm that frequently goes off, get it fixed immediately and tell your neighbours that it's been repaired. Many people ignore an alarm that goes off periodically.
  • If you lose your keys, change the locks immediately.
  • Before turning your house key over to a professional house cleaner for several hours, make sure the person is honest and reputable as well as hardworking. Check all references thoroughly.
  • Instead of keeping a spare key in a mailbox, under the doormat, or on a nail behind the garage, wrap the key in foil, or put it in a 35mm film can, and bury it where you can easily find it if you need it.
  • Don't leave notes for service people or family members on the door. These act as a welcome mat for a burglar.

  • If the entrances to your home are dark, consider installing lighting with an infrared detector. Most thieves don't want to be observed trying to get in a door.
  • Talk to your neighbours about any suspicious people or strange cars you notice lurking about.
  • To keep your tools from being stolen, paint the handles. Thieves avoid items that are easy to identify.
  • Trees located near windows or shrubbery that might shield a burglar from view can be major flaws in your home-protection plan.
  • Ask for credentials from any sales-person who requests entry to your home. Ask that their ID be pushed under the door. Many professional burglars use this cover to check out homes. If you're doubtful, check with the person's office before letting him or her in.
  • Do not list your full name on your mailbox or your entry in the telephone book. Use only your initial and your last name.
  • If someone comes to your door asking to use the phone to call a mechanic or the police, keep the door locked and make the call yourself.
  • Dogs are good deterrents to burglars. Even a small, noisy dog can be effective - burglars do not like to have attention drawn to their presence. Be aware, however, that trained guard dogs do not make good pets. Obedience training and attack training are entirely different, and only the former is appropriate for a house pet.


Garages present special challenges for security.

  • Keep your garage door closed and locked even when your car is not in the garage.
  • Install a peephole in the door separating the house from the garage. If you hear suspicious sounds, you can check without opening the door.
  • If you frost or cover your garage windows, burglars won't be able to tell if your car is gone.




Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):
weakness- slabost, nemoć
tumbler – prekidač
wiring – električni vodovi, žice
doormat – otirač, prostirač
nail – ekser
film can – kutija za filmsku traku
handle – drška
shrubbery – žbunje
flaw – mana, greška
credential – potvrda
cover – maska, pokriće
deterrent – zastrašujuća sila, zastrašivanje
obedience – poslušnost, pokornost
peephole – špijunka na vratima
burglarize – opljačkati, obiti
conceal – sakriti
wrap in – umotati, upakovati
bury – zakopati
lurk about– vrebati, skrivati
shield – štititi
frost – zamrznuti
Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):
thwarted – propao, neuspešan
reputable – čestit, pošten
thoroughly – temeljno, pažljivo
spare – rezervni
suspicious – sumnjiv
doubtful - nesiguran



Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):
weakness - failing, fault, defect, deficiency, flaw
tumbler – switch
doormat – welcome mat
nail – spike
handle – handgrip
flaw – error, fault, defect, mistake
credential – certificate, credentials, certification
cover – protection, camouflage
deterrent – discouragement, obstacle
obedience – compliance, yielding
burglarize – burglarize, heist
conceal – hide, cover, camouflage
wrap in – pack, gift-wrap
lurk about–  ambuscade, ambush, hide, sneak
shield – protect, cover, screen, guard, defend, shelter
frost – freeze, freeze-up
Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):
thwarted – disappointed, discomfited, defeated  
reputable – respectable, excellent, reliable, worthy
thoroughly – carefully, completely, fully, entirely
spare – extra, surplus
suspicious – distrustful, suspecting,strange
doubtful – unsure, uncertain,  suspicious, hesitating



Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):

weakness- strength, perfection

flaw –perfection, strong point

credential – disapproval

cover – reality

deterrent – encouragement, assistance

obedience – disagreement, disobedience

peephole –closure

burglarize – give

conceal – ignore, reveal, uncover

wrap in – remove

bury – dig out, uncover

lurk about– come out

shield – uncover

frost – heat

Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):

thwarted – encouraged

reputable – ordinary, unimportant

thoroughly – incompletely, partly, partially

spare – necessary

suspicious – certain, clear, secure, sure

doubtful - certain, clear, secure, sure



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