Statistics have determined that in the U.S a home break-in occurs every 14.4 seconds; that is roughly 2.5 million break-ins each year. This sad fact should provide enough incentive to inspire you to beef-up the security of your home.
Better safe than sorry is the philosophy that every homeowner should live by, especially during the burglary peek time of vacation season – just because your home hasn’t been targeted in the past doesn’t mean that it won’t in the future. Luckily, there are many things that you can do that can help shield your home from being victimized, below are ten excellent suggestions.
Install quality home security: Homes equipped with a high-quality security system such as ADT Security are less likely to be broken into than homes without such security. The continuous monitoring, high visible decals, motion detectors and loud alarms will give you the peace of mind to sleep soundly at night.
Reinforced doors: One of the most common methods of forced entry is by breaking open weak doors and locks. Reinforce your doors by replacing with solid core or metal doors and use heavy duty dead bolt locks. Additionally, you should look for doors with wide-angle peepholes and avoid faulty sliding doors.
Illuminate the outside: Burglars often target homes that are poorly lit so that their actions can go unseen at night. You can deter this by illuminating the outside with floodlights and solar-powered pathway lights.
Get to know your neighbors: Neighbors can help break-ins from occurring by watching each other’s home and recording suspicious people lurking around. Your neighbors can agree to pick up your mail and water your lawn when you are vacationing so that burglars do not notice that the home is vacant.
Reinforced windows: Window entry is another common way that break-ins occur, replace your faulty windows with durable reinforced windows with strong glass panels and secondary locks.
Be careful who you invite into your home: You can’t trust everyone, many victims of burglary know the person that victimized them. It can be a “friend” or an acquaintance that you or your family member invite into your home- while inside, the person may scope your home, eyeing your valuables and looking for weak entry points and then they later decide to break in while you are out or sleeping.
Keep your windows and doors locked: Reinforced windows and doors are useless if they are left unlocked. Regardless of how safe you presume your neighborhood to be, make it a habit to lock up tightly.
Don’t advertise: Criminals are looking for homes with valuable items that they can sell. Avoid subconsciously advertising your high dollar items by leaving your doors wide open and curbsiding boxes for laptops, flat-screen TVs, and fancy Rolex watches, instead conceal those boxes by breaking them down.
Get a dog to back you up: The harsh bark of a loyal pooch is one of the best burglar deterrents available. Most dogs will instinctively bark at strange people and noise and that “beware of dog” sign may inspire criminals to think twice.
Educate your kids: Many older children walk home from school and stay home by themselves while the parents are at work which makes them and the home easy targets. Educate your children on the importance of keeping the security system on and on checking peepholes before opening doors and keeping the home locked tightly.
By employing these simple security suggestions above the harsh break in statistics will go gradually do down. And, every homeowner will be rewarded with that priceless peace of mind knowing that their family and possessions are safe from victimization.