How Your Outdoor Lights Can Actually Help Burglars


Over the years, there have been many studies done on whether home lighting can decrease burglary rates. These studies looked at both internal and external and lighting and whether or not they are effective at deterring burglars. Both forms of home lighting have a place in your security measures, but they have different uses.

Internal lighting is useful in that it can leave the impression that someone is home, even when your house is empty. External lighting should be applied differently when securing your home, because there are some instances when it can actually aid a burglar in gaining access. Once you understand the way outdoor lights are misused, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to properly use them to increase your home security.

Myth Disclosure

It is commonly believed that leaving your outdoor lights on, especially at night, can increase your home security and help you avoid theft. However, this is not always the case. Your outdoor lights, depending on the placement of the lights and the location of your residence, can actually help a burglar enter your home rather than dissuade them. Just as there is a strategy to when and how to light the inside of your home, there are also a few guidelines to aid you in deciding how best to use the lights outside your home.

How should I use my outdoor lights?

The answer to this question is dependent on many different factors, particularly where the lights are placed around your home, and whether your home is located in an urban or rural area.

When making a decision about which lights to leave on outdoors, consider where each one is located and whether the entrance they illuminate is within view of neighbors or the street. If you have lights in areas of your home that are hidden from view, odds are you’ll be helping a burglar break in if your home is targeted. The reason for this is that simply having an area of your home lit is not enough to deter a potential burglar. Lighting should be paired with an increased chance of the burglar being seen in order to effectively turn them away.

If you think about it, a person is going to be much more conspicuous if they have to use a flashlight in order to see what they’re doing. By providing lighting for them, you can actually make it easier for your home to be broken into.

Choose Your Lights Carefully

You should also consider the brightness of the lights that you choose. If your outdoor lights are the equivalent of spotlights, you’ll actually be creating much deeper shadows for burglars to hide in. By choosing dim lighting solutions, you’ll provide enough illumination to see anything suspicious, but not so much that the eyes of your neighbors won’t be able to see the rest of your yard and home.

Lighting, when implemented properly, has been found to be an important factor in home security. Although the strategy that you use to light your home is important for keeping you and your family safe, one of the best known burglar deterrents is a home security system. To find out which system would work best for you and your family, contact us at J&J Security for more security advice.