How To Protect Your Home From Break-Ins
It’s all too easy to think that breaks-ins happen to other people in other neighborhoods. However, a quick look at statistics related to breaks0ins can be rather sobering, to say the least. In fact, a recent 2020 State of Survey report in America found break-ins to be the number one property crime concern. Certainly, burying our heads in the proverbial sand when it comes to break-ins could cost us dearly. That’s why we want to highlight several facts related to break-ins and then provide you with top recommendations on how to ensure you are not the next victim.
Did You Know…..
A Burglary Takes Place Approximately Every 26 Seconds
In fact, the FBI says that it’s less than every 26 seconds, but every 25.7 seconds. That means that in the space of one day around 3,300 burglaries take place.
Burglaries Don’t Just Take Place In The Middle Of The Night
We all tend to have that picture in our heads of burglars wearing knitted hats and dark clothes creeping around at night time, however, the surprising fact is that the majority of break-ins don’t happen under the cover of darkness but rather in broad daylight. Indeed the middle of the day is when burglaries usually happen. A survey carried out in 2016 on burglary victimization said that the hours between noon and 4 pm are the most common for break-ins to occur.
That being said, when talking to respondents from another burglary survey, over half noted that the break-in happened in the evening or that they took place overnight, making no time of day safe time to have a home that is not safe and secure.
Criminals Seem To Favour The Summer months For Break-Ins
A recent burglary survey found June to be the month with the highest number of breaks ins with March and April hot on its heels. Indeed, the stereotypical image of burglars creeping around during dark winter nights doesn’t always ring true.
Have We Given You Enough Food For Thought?
Of course, we do not want to spend too much time scaring you with statistics, instead, we want to provide you with just enough to help you realize the importance of securing your home. However, how can you minimize the risk of a break-in?
Ways That You Can Protect Yourself From Break-Ins
The best way that you can protect yourself from break-ins is to make yourself look as unattractive as possible to a potential criminal. There are many ways that you can make your property look like a difficult feat, however, some of the methods that have proved exceptionally successful for homeowners are the following:
Security Screens For Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are one of the main points of entry to your property. This immediately sets them up as one of the main weak areas. Security screens, fitted by a professional home security firm can go a long way in providing you with a high measure of protection. Criminals that see a home that has taken such measures to protect their security may very well decide to pass on the unappealing mission and move on somewhere else.
Upgrade Your Locks
When you buy a new property or a property that had previously been lived in, you may not have paid much attention to the locks on the doors and windows. however, often standard locks do not offer the highest level of security. Contacting a home security firm and asking for your locks to be evaluated for safety may bring in surprising results. However, it is an easy task to have them replaced with locks which are known for acting as a deterrent to criminals;
Make Your Landscaping a Criminal Minefield
Criminals who are planning a break-in love yards and gardens that have plenty of hiding spots. Don’t let your outdoor space fit this bill. Ensure that all shrubs and trees are well maintained and trimmed regularly so that everything is in clear view form your home.
Don’t Announce Your Activities On Social Media
We live in a world where social media is taking over. So many people feel the need to announce their everyday activities on various social media platforms. It is little wonder that criminals are delighted with such an online existence that now exists. Remember, announcing your activities and whereabouts on social media is almost like putting a sign outside your home that says, ‘we’re not here right now, feel free to take a few things that interest you!’. If you have enjoyed an amazing vacation that you want to share with family and friends by all means do so, but save those shark-diving pictures or exquisite cruise snaps for posting once you are back home safe and sound.
Have A Home Security System Installed
Many people shy away from home security systems, thinking they are an expensive piece of kit. Granted, when home security systems first came on the market this was certainly the case, however, these days having such a system is commonplace in many households. With a wide range of choices on the market, including plenty of healthy competition, having a home security system installed certainly does not need to be a big expense. You can purchase a DIY system that you install yourself or have a professional team care for the installation for you. Burglars that see a home with a security system in place may very well move swiftly on.
The Bottom Line On Protecting Yourself From Break-Ins
The facts we outlined above leave us in no doubt that each of our homes are a potential target for a break-in. However, there is a lot we can do to make our abode less than appealing. If a burglar approaches your home and sees security screens on your doors and windows, high-quality locks installed at all entrances, landscaping that provides no safe place to hide and a good quality home security system installed, they may very well decide that you are an opponent they are very unlikely to defeat.
We hope you enjoyed this blog and found it informative. Check back regularly as we continue to add new articles to our site. If you live in or around the Las Vegas area and are looking to improve the security at your home or business then head over to our homepage, www.securitypluslasvegas.com. And schedule a free consultation.
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