Should I Leave The Lights On When I'm Not At Home?


You’ve probably heard that in order to discourage burglaries, you should leave lights on while you’re away from home. The idea is that a would-be burglar will see the lights and assume that someone is home. While this can be true, there are a few things to consider when deciding whether or not it will improve your home security.

How’s your relationship with your neighbors?

Your neighbors are the crux of the lighting theory. The whole idea is that they’ll see something suspicious and report it, but if they don’t know you they won’t know if something is out of the ordinary. You don’t have to become best friends with everyone in your neighborhood, but it’s a good idea to build a relationship with, at the very least, your neighbor with the best vantage point. When you do this, you can look out for each other’s homes by getting the mail or newspapers when the other is away, and by becoming familiar with who’s a regular around your house and who’s a suspicious stranger.

What type of neighborhood do you live in?

The theory that lights will deter burglars is based on the idea that someone will be able to see them. If you live in a rural area, there isn’t anyone around to see the burglar and the lights can actually help them to see better when they’re trying to gain entrance outside the house and when maneuvering through the inside of your home. In this case, it might be better to leave the lights off as a flashlight (or whatever the burglar uses) is much more noticeable and suspicious, even if your neighbors are a bit further away.

Are your lights a dead giveaway?

If your lights magically turn off and on at the same times every day, or they’re only off when you’re home, it isn’t hard for a burglar to figure out that the lights don’t mean anything. In order for them to be an effective part of your home security, they need to mimic normal human use. By implementing a timer, which you switch up every now and again, you can make your lights much more effective.

While lights can be helpful, they’re no replacement for the peace of mind that you’ll get from a home security system, especially since most burglaries happen in the middle of the day. By implementing a security system, in addition to taking steps to secure your home, you can feel confident that you won’t be victimized by a break-in. Contact J&J Security to learn more about the options available to you.