While it can be very difficult to protect one’s home from determined, professional thieves, it’s also a fact that the majority of home break-ins are committed by amateurs. Here are 9 things that you can do to greatly reduce your chances of becoming a burglary statistic.
1. When you take occupancy of a new residence, change all locks and tumblers.
For those do it yourselfers, this isn’t difficult to do, and you have no way of knowing who might still have keys to your residence if this isn’t done.
2. Always lock your doors, even when you’re away from your home for only a brief period of time. Contrary to the popular image of a burglar sneaking in a window, statistics show that over 85% of all burglaries occur through entry doors.
3. Never, never, never leave spare keys under doormats, or under potted plants, or in mailboxes or hanging on a nail inside the garage. These are the first places an experienced burglar will look to try to gain entry to your home.
4. Never leave notes for delivery personnel, service personnel, or family members on your door in clear view when you’re not at home. (You may as well advertise to burglars that you’re away from your home, and they should feel free to stop by.)
5. Make sure that your house looks occupied at all times, even when you are away. Place a lamp or two and a radio on an inexpensive timer, and set the timer to come on around dinner time and shut off around midnight of each day.
6. Add motion sensitive security lights on the exteriors sides of your entry doors and near any sliding glass patio doors, as these can serve as an excellent, yet relatively inexpensive deterrent. Thieves prefer to work while not attracting attention, and inexpensive security lighting such as this makes it hard for thieves to break in unnoticed.
7. When you go out of town for an extended period, such as for a vacation, arrange to have the grass cut, put a hold on the mail, and have newspaper delivery halted (or ask a neighbor or trusted friend to pick up your newspapers).
8. If your driveway will be unoccupied for any length of time, ask a neighbor to park one of their cars in your driveway. You want to avoid the appearance of a home that’s unoccupied for any length of time.
9. Examine your landscaping, and take it into account as part of your home’s overall security plan. Trees in front of windows or shrubbery large enough to conceal burglars at work can present major weaknesses in the overall security plan for your home. Consider cutting back any growth that’s large enough to conceal a burglar at work.
Before you have a home security system installed, make sure to check out security system reviews and that there are no visible wires that could quickly be cut by a professional thief. Professional thieves will look for vulnerabilities (such as power cables or telephone wires leading to an alarm panel) and will often cut any wires leading to the panel, in hopes of disabling an alarm system before the system has time to send a signal to the monitoring company.
“Security as a condition is the degree of resistance to, or protection from, harm.” -Wikipedia
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