10 Tips To Help Protect Your Home From Burglary

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Learning how to protect your home from burglar is very important these days, especially if you live in a high-crime area. While there are tons of tools like alarm systems and other fancy options to assist you, we have come up with a handful of clever, affordable, and common-sense solutions that will help you protect your home at all times. Burglary is a real problem and can lead to much more than just losing your stuff.

The stats…

An estimated 3.7 million burglaries occurred each year on average from 2003 to 2007. Of those, a household member was present in roughly 1 million burglaries and became victims of violent crimes in 266,560 burglaries.

Don’t worry, there are a few steps you can take to reduce becoming a statistic and help protect your home to the best of your ability:

  1. Get a security system. And a dog. A big dog. A home without a security system is 2-3x more likely to be broken into.
  2. Don’t leave valuables lying around in plain sight. That’s like an advertisement to burglars looking for a big score. Most burglaries are crimes of opportunity. Don’t encourage them.
  3. Leave the lights on. Burglars are much less likely to break into a home when they believe someone is home. The more visible and well-lit the area, the less likely a burglar will try to take advantage.
  4. Secure all windows, doors, and sliding doors (front and back) and keep them locked at all times. Almost 30% of burglars enter a home through an unlocked door or window.
  5. Don’t leave a spare key laying around. It’s convenient, but dangerous. Protect your home by protecting the keys to your home.
  6. Avoid providing cover in the form of tall shrubs or trees for burglars. Visible, well-lit yards and areas near the home are a great deterrent.
  7. Let someone know to watch your place if you’re going to be out of town. Use a friend or, in some areas, the police can do a periodic drive by if you alert them to your absence. Most criminals can burglarize a home in less than ten minutes but it helps deter them if they think someone is watching the place.
  8. Be engaged in the community. Know who is living around you and make sure they know you are serious about security. Offenders were known to their victims in 65% of violent burglaries; offenders were strangers in 28%.
  9. Stay vigilant. 
  10. Learn to protect yourself. If something should happen, knowing how to protect yourself, your possessions and your family will be very important.

References for our infographic Protect Your Home From Burglary

http://www.safewise.com/blog/8-surprising-home-burglary-statistics/

https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/vdhb.pdf

http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-safety/security/discourage-break-ins.htm

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