Did you know that most home burglaries are planned? Thieves seek out targets that are easily accessible. They know they can get in quickly, take your valuables, and leave without being detected. While there is no fail-safe way to protect your home, here are some simple steps that will decrease the odds of a break-in.
First, let’s look at some facts –
- Most home thefts occur during the day in two-person family homes.
- On average, thieves spend one minute gaining entry and less than five minutes inside.
- Most burglaries occur on the first or ground floor.
- Entry is usually made via a rear or side door; the second most common access is via the garage door.
With those facts in mind, take a moment to walk around your home and think like a burglar. Evaluate your home from the inside and out, both during the night and day.
- Are the windows secure? Are basement windows protected with security bars?
- Do all exterior doors have deadbolts? Are they solid-core so they can’t be kicked in?
- Is your garage door secure? Have you changed the keypad code recently?
- Does the landscaping allow a burglar to conceal himself while attempting to open a window or door?
- Is your home well lit? Are lights motion-sensor controlled? Are lights installed high enough so that burglars can’t disable the lights?
- Is your identity displayed on your mailbox or house?
- Are your valuables secure? Documented? Out of sight?
Taking just a few simple steps will help make your home less attractive to thieves and greatly reduce your chances of becoming a target, giving you peace of mind.