A burglary takes place about every 18 seconds in the U.S. That adds up to approximately 4,800 burglaries every day. Today’s thieves are smarter – and bolder – than ever. However, the more you learn about home burglary, the more effective you can be at protecting your home and family. Here are 5 tips you can use to reduce your chances of being a victim.
Tip #1. Get a monitored home security system.
Burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems. A report by the University of Carolina found that about sixty percent of burglars considered signs of increased security, such as a security system sign, alarms, dogs inside, outdoor cameras and other surveillance equipment. A monitored home security system will help reduce the chance of being a victim of home theft. Make sure the yard signs and window stickers the security company provides are visible from every approach to your home, not just the front entrance.
Tip #2. Install motion detectors
Contrary to popular opinion, the majority of home burglaries occur between 10:00 am and 3:00pm during the day, not at night. The reason is because most people are away from their homes at school or work during the day, reducing the chance that the burglar will be noticed. Installing motion-activated security cameras will allow you to check on your house while you’re gone. Plus, you’ll receive an alert if a camera detects a motion, so you can evaluate the situation right away.
Tip #3. Vary your routine.
The majority of break-ins are committed by burglars that live in the vicinity. Typically, a burglar resides within a two-mile radius of the targeted house location. Because they live in the area, they are able to learn your family’s daily schedule and break in when you’re not home. Avoid leaving tell-tale signs you’re not home – like flyers or newspapers piling up at your door, an un-mowed lawn or trash cans left at the curb. In order to minimize the risk of a burglary, vary your routine as much as possible and have someone take care of your home when you’re out of town.
Tip #4. Don’t be an easy target.
Thieves look for homes that are an easy target. Strengthen your home’s defenses by:
Tip #5. Store your valuables in a safe.
Unfortunately, most people don’t hide their valuables carefully enough, and burglars know it. Once they break in, they will head to the master bedroom and scavenge through night stands, dresser drawers, jewelry boxes, under mattresses and search through the closets. Store your valuables in a safe that’s bolted to the floor or in unlikely places, like in the freezer wrapped in aluminum foil, between the cardboard and picture in a picture frame, buried under the “soil” of a fake plant, inside an old vacuum cleaner, inside an old coffee can, soup can, aspirin bottle or other container, or inside a book with a hidden compartment (on your bookshelf). You can find lots of other ideas by searching the internet. As a rule of thumb, if you can think to look there in a few minutes, it’s probably a bad spot.
The investment in a home security system and other precautions pale in comparison to the emotional and monetary expense of being robbed. The FBI estimates that burglary victims lost $15.3 billion in 2017; 7,694,086 property crimes were reported. Using a monitored home security system and taking the above precautions can help protect your property and family.
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