In this country, a home robbery occurs every 20 seconds, but even in light of this incredible statistic, there are things you can do to keep your home and possessions safe.
1. Burglars Actually Prefer the Daytime
Contrary to what you may believe, nighttime is not the best time to break into your home. The last thing a burglar wants to do, is confront a resident while searching for valuables, which is why, they typically prefer the daytime, between 12:30pm and 2:00pm, when most people are likely at work or school. So, keep this in mind while planning your daily schedule, and if you have neighbors who are typically home during the day, it might be a good idea to ask them to keep an eye out for any unfamiliar daytime visitors.
2. Social Media May Not Always Be Your Friend
We all love to share our experiences on social media, but while our friends love to see what we’re up to, posting details about our locations when we’re not at home, can be an open invitation to criminals. With this in mind, experts recommend that we postpose posting our vacation photos until AFTER we’re back home, to minimize the risk of theft while you’re away.
One survey reveals that over 10% of convicted burglars used social media to find victims by determining who is out of town, so keep this in mind before you post while on vacation.
3. Burglars Don’t Like Security Measures of Any Kind
Studies show that burglars will do their best to avoid security systems whenever possible, resulting in homes without security systems being 300% more likely to be the victim or a break-in. Whether it’s a sophisticated system or just the bare bones, be sure not to use obvious security codes, like your house number or birth date, but also, something you may not have thought of, be sure to keep your keypad clean or grease and dirt so that a thief won’t be able to figure out your code based on the buttons most obviously used regularly.
Tricks that make it look like you’re home are great as well. Some examples include motion-sensing lighting, light timers, radios and TV’s, which are inexpensive ways to make your home appear to be occupied, even when it isn’t.
4. Advertising Your Weapons May Serve as an Encouragement Rather Than a
While you may feel that letting the world know you’re a gun owner may serve to deter potential thieves, studies suggest that in fact, the opposite is true. In the U.S., a gun is stolen on average, every two minutes, so homeowners should be certain that their guns are locked up at all times. And, signs like Smith & Wesson or NRA on your home or vehicle should be avoided so as not to alert the criminals that you have guns to steal.
5. Large Shrubs and Architectural Elements Make Great Hiding Spots for
Establishing an unobstructed view of your home and its possible entry points is a great way to maintain the security of your home. Burglars are searching for crimes of opportunity, and large shrubbery or walls provide them with perfect spots to hide so as not to be seen from the street or by neighbors. So, don’t provide thieves with additional opportunity, by maintaining an unobstructed view of your home.
6. Keep Valuables Hidden From View
While we all enjoy using our computers, cell phones, or any other electronic
device throughout our homes, it’s important to keep them out of sight when
not in use. This may seem obvious at first, but how many times have we all
left our computer, cell phone, or even camera out on the kitchen table or
counter overnight in full view of a window where a potential thief can view
it? It doesn’t take much to encourage a burglar to choose your home while
out searching for a victim, so why not play it smart by hiding our valuables
As we all know, it’s impossible to guarantee you won’t be a victim of a home break-in, but there are steps we can take to reduce the likelihood as much as possible. Sometimes all it takes is a little preparation and a bit of common sense to keep from falling victim to these pervasive crimes.