Facts on Home Invasions

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.