Most home burglaries are not randomly executed; they are typically premeditated. Robbers search for houses that will make their job easier. They want to enter quickly, swipe your possessions, and leave without being detected. While there isn’t a fail-safe way to protect your home, here are some simple steps that will decrease the odds of a break-in.
First, read these facts:
Most robberies of two-person family homes happen during the day.
Thieves spend an average of one minute gaining entry and less than five minutes inside a home.
Most burglaries happen on the ground floor.
The most common areas for access are the rear door, side door, and garage door.
With the knowledge of these facts, look for things that a burglar would in your home. Evaluate your home during the day and night.
Can you windows be opened easily?
Do your exterior doors have deadbolts? Can doors be kicked in?
Have you changed the code to your garage door recently?
Does the landscaping help a burglar conceal himself while attempting to open a window or door?
Is your home well lit? Are lights installed high enough so that burglars can’t disable the lights?
Is your identity displayed on your mailbox or house?
Are your possessions secure? Documented? Out of sight?
Give yourself more peace of mind and make your home less attractive to criminals by following the process above.