A burglary takes place about every eighteen seconds in the United States. That adds up to nearly 200 per hour, and approximately 4,800 every day. This highlights the fact that burglary is a crime you need to be aware of. Use these 6 tips to prevent thieves from entering your home and to keep your family safe.
Install an Alarm System
A study performed by Rutgers University shows that burglars tend to avoid homes with a professionally installed alarm system. The same study also proves that the more homes in a neighborhood that have a security system, the less burglaries occur!
Don’t Make it Easy For Them
Don’t give burglars easy access to look into your home! A surprising number of burglars gain access to homes through first floor windows, garage doors and windows. As a preventive measure, frost or cover windows. Consider planting thorny bushes near windows. You can even consider replacing your garage door for one without windows.
Keep Your Home Lit and Well Supervised
Scare off those burglars by installing motion sensor lights around windows, doors, and other points of entry. It’ll also be in your best interest to install indoor and outdoor motion-activated home security cameras. These are affordably priced with systems starting below $99.
Most Burglaries Take Place During the Night…Wrong!
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of home burglaries take place during daylight hours, (10:00am-3:00pm) not at night. That’s because most people are at work or school—which reduces the chance the burglar will be noticed. Security cameras allow you to check on your home throughout the day. Some security camera systems even sync with mobile phones so you’ll receive an alert if the camera detects motion. Consider a night vision camera system or one with audio.
While you’re away
Avoiding leaving obvious clues that you’re not at home by turning off your telephone ringer, not leaving notes about your arrival on the door, and setting electronics on a timer. You can use a Christmas tree timer to plug lamps into for an always home appearance. If you want that added protection, invite a friend to water the plants, take out the pets, and collect the mail.
Get rid of hiding spots
Overgrown vegetations are areas especially well-liked by burglars. Make sure to keep shrubbery tall enough to maintain a barrier but low enough so an intruder can’t be concealed.
Tell the entire world about your home security prowess
Placing home security signs around the perimeter of your home will deter criminals by letting them know you’re protected 24/7 365.
As we near November you may decide to do some early holiday shopping. This article was written with you in mind to avoid bulgulars taking your gifts. Protect the things that matter, don’t be an easy target.