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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Don’t leave a spare key laying around. It’s convenient, but dangerous. Protect your home by protecting the keys to your home.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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%.
- Stay vigilant.
- Learn to protect yourself. If something should happen, knowing how to protect yourself, your possessions and your family will be very important.