5 Tips To Prevent A Home Burglary
It’s hard to prevent a burglar from finding their way into your home, but it always helps to be prepared. Before getting into it, please note it is not my intention to instill fear or paranoia, but rather to inform you of what burglars look for when considering which homes they view as a potential payday.
Hopefully, with these tips, you can help prevent your home from making it on that list.
Let’s start with some interesting facts about burglaries:
- Most burglaries occur between 10AM-3PM.
- The average amount of money stolen in a single burglary is $2,000.
- Burglars will usually go for small yet expensive items (ex. Laptops, iPods, phones, jewelry).
- Only about 13% of burglars get arrested.
- The typical burglar will spend 8-10 minutes in the home.
Avoid leaving newspaper or mail outside if possible
Burglars look for left-out newspapers and mail in the mailbox. Either of these signs can tip off a burglar that the residents are not home during a specific time or are out on vacation. If you go on vacation, it would be helpful to cancel the newspaper and hold the mail or ask a friend to pick it up for you.
Keep an eye out for flyers and cards placed in the cracks of the front door
Burglars will sometimes place a fake advertisement or service card in the crack of the door. This is a good indicator as to whether or not the resident is home. It’s a good idea to grab these as soon as you see them. If you are going out of town, it is helpful to ask a neighbor or friend to grab these for you (daily) as well.
Don’t leave valuables, garage door openers or spare house keys in your car if parking outside
This one is pretty obvious, but it never hurts to mention again. Car burglaries are likely to occur at night with a car left in the driveway of a home with a garage. Some burglars will break open the window in hopes that they will find one of those 3 items. If they do find the garage door opener, they will proceed to take what they can find in the garage. While it may be a good idea to leave a car outside when leaving for vacation (to give the illusion of being home), keep in mind burglars will have tools to easily break in and search inside.
Keep an eye out for strangers
When a stranger knocks on your door offering a service, product, or asks to use the bathroom, it could be a way to scope out the home to see if it is worth burglarizing. In other words, be mindful of strangers.
Get a dog
Not only are dogs the best animals (just my opinion), but they are a great alarm system. Yes, the barking can sometimes be annoying, but they help add a sense of security and protection. Many burglars will think twice about robbing a home with a barking dog. While this may be the case at night, it is not necessarily true during the day. Most dogs are kind and easily paid off with treats by burglars when the owners aren’t around, so an actual alarm system may be the best option.
Hopefully, with these things in mind, you may prevent a potential burglar from finding a way into your home.
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