How to Protect Your Home: Preventing a Burglary
Burglary is one of the most common crimes in the United States. One burglary occurs every 18.2 seconds, which adds up to around 1,752,000 burglaries per year.
Did you know that many burglaries occur in the middle of the day? The most common time for a burglary is between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. according the National Council for Home Safety and Security. Below are some helpful tips to protect you and your home from potential burglars.
- Pretend you are still home: Most break-ins occur during typical work hours. Leave a light or your TV on to create the appearance someone is still at home.
- Remove your spare key: Leaving a key under a flowerpot or doormat is an open invitation for a burglar to walk straight inside your home without any resistance or effort. If you absolutely require a spare key, leave one with a neighbor or friend you trust, not right outside your front door.
- Secure all windows and doors: One of the easiest ways for a burglar to get in your house is through a sliding glass door. You can prevent this by placing a dowel or a steel bar in the groove behind the door. Try to remember to double check that all windows are locked when you leave the house. You can also use the deadbolt on your door if you have one.
- Hide your valuables in plain sight: Always break down any boxes of electronics or other expensive items you have purchased and put them in a garbage can or recycle bin. Placing boxes on the curb is free advertising to show exactly what is inside your home. Keep any expensive items out of plain view from windows.