Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Home Safety, Home Tips | 0 comments

Protecting Your Home from Burglars

Home burglary: you never think it will happen to you – until it does – and then it leaves you feeling angry, lost and violated.

Here are some hard facts:

  • 60% of all burglaries are residential.
  • Most residential burglaries occur during a weekday and most burglaries take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Only 13.6% of burglaries in 2014 resulted in arrest.
  • In 3 out of 10 burglary cases, someone is home.
  • The average property dollar loss per burglary is over $2,300.
  • 34% of burglars enter through the front door.
  • 65% of all burglaries are drug related.
  • 50% would be someone you recognize.

This is why homeowners, no matter how “safe” you feel your neighborhood is, need to be vigilant. HomeZada recently published these tips on ways to protect your home from a burglary:

Install a security system. Most burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems, and make sure you use the yard signs and stickers provided to alert potential intruders.

Strengthen the locks. Upgrade your deadbolt and lockset and reinforce the door jamb and frame.

Reinforce the windows and doors. Window bars and grills are a proven effective means for protecting your home because it takes longer for burglars to break in, so they’ll simply move on.

Protect valuables in a safe. Get a high-quality safe that is hard to break into with a crowbar and is too heavy to carry out the front door.

Mark your property with identifiable marks. Keep record of serial numbers and engrave your valuables – which make them difficult to sell.

Be careful when you are absent by notifying the post office, newspaper company, etc. to hold delivery during that time.

Hold back on social media. As fun as it is to post on Facebook that you are traveling (with the fun airplane image) or checking into a new place, you should reconsider that practices for safety reasons. Instead, post your vacation pics when you get home.

Make sure your insurance covers theft and collectibles. Most home owners’ insurance policies do not cover collectibles, so make sure you get additional riders on your policy.

Take your extra set of car keys with you and don’t allow them to drive off with the car you left at home, too.

Ask neighbors to keep an eye on your property when you are gone. Ask them to walk the parameter of your home every few days to look for suspicious activity.

Sources: https://www.safewise.com/blog/8-surprising-home-burglary-statistics/ & http://www.homesalarm.com/home-security-facts/ & https://www.homezada.com/homeowners

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