According to an alarming post on Reolink, 75% of homes in the US will experience a break-in within the next two decades.
Additionally, the common lack of evidence or witnesses means that only 13% of burglaries are ever cleared by police, and 51% of homes suffer repeat burglaries in less than a month after the first offense. Homes that don’t have security systems are three times more likely to be broken into.
The most frequently stolen items include cash, electronics, jewelry, watches, medication and firearms, things that most homeowners simply cannot afford to lose.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of 7 ways that you can safeguard your home from burglary, helping you gain some much-needed assurance and peace of mind.
Find Weak Points
Take a walk around the outer perimeter of your home and look for any weak points, such as windows that could easily be broken or pried open.
Your local police department should be able to provide a free assessment to help you identify said weak points. Be sure to also take note of any valuables that can easily be spotted from outside.
Leaving out any equipment or valuables such as your barbeque grill, bicycles, expensive gardening tools or even your car also make for easy targets.
While it may feel like a lot of effort to roll your grill out every time you want to have a barbeque, it’s an all too easy target for burglars. Try parking your car in a well-lit spot if the garage is not an option.
Install a Home Security System
Home security systems typically include a variety of tech that is meant to deter thieves and provide evidence in the event of a break-in. This includes surveillance cameras, motion sensors, alarms and wireless equipment that allows you to remotely monitor what’s going on in your home when you’re not around.
Check out this post to find the best wireless security system for your home. A good system will come with 24/7 emergency response and live agent support. Some of them even offer roadside assistance and a variety of other perks, such as notifications when family members arrive safely at their destinations.
Consult Your Neighbors
When it comes to protecting your home, your neighbors are your best asset. In tight-knit communities where neighbors know each other, strangers and suspicious activity is more easily spotted. Consider joining a neighborhood watch group in your area.
Use Curtains on Windows
The less thieves can see inside your home, the less reason they’ll have to break in. Your home might already have curtains or blinds, but take a look at your basement and garage windows. This not only acts as a good deterrent but it will also provide additional privacy.
For any fences, gates or garage doors, investing in quality padlocks will go a long way in making them more difficult to pry open. Make locking up a night a routine task and be sure to let other members of the house know that they should do the same when you’re not around.
Secure Your Valuables
While a small safe may work if its properly concealed, consider investing in a bigger safe that’s mounted to the wall or bolted to the floor. This way, burglars won’t be able to simply pick it up and take it with them. This would be an ideal location to secure firearms, cash, documents, jewelry and other valuables that don’t need to be used daily.
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Put Timers on Your Lights
Burglaries typically happen when the owners are not home. Installing a timed lighting system in certain rooms is therefore a great idea, as it will make it seem as if someone is home when you’re out at work or on vacation.
You can do the same for a few lights in your garden, further creating the illusion that your home isn’t empty.
Another trick would be to buy a battery powered radio and leave it on when you aren’t home. This won’t increase your power bill and will make it sound as if someone is around.
Investing in the security of your property is one of the best decisions you can make as a homeowner. With these simple steps, you can drastically decrease the chances of your home being robbed, if not eliminate them all together.
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