It would be nice if after your home was robbed you could sit down with your burglar and ask him what made your house so appealing? You would know exactly what to do better, what to stop doing or if you needed to potentially update your home security system. Unfortunately, that’s never going to happen. Lucky for you, we do our research at Protect America. We know what attracts burglars the most and because you should always feel secure in your home, it’s essential that you know as well. Without further ado, here are the most popular mistakes homeowners make and the reasons burglars target them:

Your Alarm System is Visible From the Outside

This is an open invitation for a burglar to see if your home security system is armed or to take note of who makes your alarm system. Unless you are trying to make a burglar’s job easier, always make sure your home security system is out of sight or covered up.

Your Mailbox is Full

A full mailbox indicates one of two things: You either never check your mailbox or the far more likely, ‘I’m out of town and robbing my house would be very easy right now.” Either ask a neighbor or a friend to collect your mail daily or tell the post office to hold it until you return.

Consistently Leaving Your Lights Off Or On

You’ve seen the movies; dark houses attract criminals. However, the inverse is true, too. If your lights are on in the middle of the day when the sun is shining, chances are you’re away for an extended period. Trust us, robbers notice these things. Automate your lights or ask your neighbor or a friend to turn your lights on at night and back off in the morning.

Posting Your Life Story on Facebook

Mr. WantsToGetRobbed just bought a new house. Mr. WantsToGetRobbed is away in Jamaica for the next week. Mr. WantsToGetRobbed posted a new picture of the beach. You get the point. However tempting it may be to create posts of your life in real-time when you’re out of town, try to hold off until you return. It’s an open invitation for burglars who know your name to plan a good time to break into your home.

Your Bushes and Hedges Aren’t Trimmed

We know you’ve been meaning to do it and you’ve just been busy, but your overgrown bushes and hedges make it easier for burglars to hide. It also makes it easier for them to break in through your windows without being seen by a passerby. Verdict: Always make sure you trim your bushes and hedges.

Not Turning on Your Alarm When You Leave for a Minute

While running to the gas station around the corner may only take five minutes, it takes a burglar less time to break into your house, steal your valuables and leave. Always arm your home security system when leaving your house regardless of the length of time you will be gone.

While it’s never fun to think of your home getting robbed, it’s absolutely vital to utilize this list and do everything in your power to prevent burglars from breaking into your house. Don’t have a home security system yet? Let us fix that for you! Contact Protect America at 888-951-5136 or fill out the form on the right.