Having your home broken into is a predicament no one should have to face. Unfortunately, it happens every few seconds somewhere in the US. Not only could your valuables be taken, but you could also find yourself face-to-face with a fearless burglar. It also the act violates your sense of security and well-being. Homeowners must be proactive to prevent their home from becoming a burglar’s next target. The following are a few common traits burglars look for before deciding to rob a home.
Your Predictable Schedule
While some burglars strike a home without planning, most burglaries are premeditated crimes. Scofflaws will often stake out a home for some time before breaking in. If a criminal notices you follow a predictable schedule, he or she will know the perfect time to strike. For instance, the burglar may notice your family leaves for work and school at 7:30am, with no one returning until 5:30. After observing this for a period of time, the burglar will know when the coast is clear.
Contrary to what you may have thought, daytime burglaries are more commonplace than nighttime break-ins. It’s difficult, but whenever possible, try to change up your schedule. You could choose to use timer lights or leave a radio or TV on during your absence. Although the noise may not fool a burglar, it could spook him or her enough to leave. The presence of some larger dogs may also be enough to keep your house free from becoming another burglary statistic.
Another tip? Avoid leaving clutter on your curb when you vacation. Overflowing mailboxes and piled up newspapers send a clear signal when you’re out of town. Ask someone to pick up the newspapers and mail or request the service be put on hold until you return from your trip.
Where You Live
The location of your home will have a definite effect on whether you are more likely to be burglarized. If you bought a home due to its intimacy and privacy, your lack of neighbors drastically increases your chances of being targeted. During a February 2017 survey conducted by Memphis, Tennessee reporters, 100 convicted burglars were asked what drew them to a home. Many of the respondents talked about targeting isolated homes. With one respondent going on to say, “I never did apartments. Too many neighbors. I preferred homes on dead-end streets or cul-de-sacs.” Corner lots are less likely to be targeted in that there is more traffic passing by, and two sides of the home are exposed as opposed to just one. They do, however, allow for an easier getaway.
Points of Entry
Many past criminals have reported the large number of homes they come across with unlocked doors and windows. A suburban Austin, Texas officer stated that on a typical week, it would be a safe bet that someone is checking to see if your door, windows, and car doors are unlocked. Burglars may leave a flyer on your porch and check out the locks while they loiter on your property. Seasoned burglars have even been known to use ladders lying around the property to check second-floor windows. Remember to not only lock your doors and windows at night, but anytime you leave the house. Naturally, a criminal who really wants in can always break a window if it’s locked, but it’s still best to err on the side of caution.
Home Security Systems
As soon as a burglar spots signs of a security system, they will hit the road running. Studies have shown that homes with security equipment visible are 60% less likely to be targeted. A home security sign in your yard and perhaps a mounted outdoor security camera at your front door are dead giveaways to a would-be burglar that your home is under monitored surveillance. While any security system is better than no security system, a monitored system like Protect America alerts authorities and will stop burglars from making off with your valuables.
Additional Home Security Tips
Here are a few more ways to keep your home safe:
- Avoid high privacy shrubs
- Install floodlights
- Keep your car visible by parking in the driveway
- Stow away valuables to keep them hidden from view
- Hang up privacy blinds or curtains
- Never leave your spare keys under a doormat or anywhere obvious
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- 1 control panel
- 6 door/window sensors
- 1 motion detector
- 2 keychain remotes
- Cellular connectivity
- Home automation ready
Even with Protect America’s special Kiwanis offer, you may be interested in a free quote that is better tailored to your home’s needs. We offer three primary packages with varying levels of sophistication and equipment.