While we all wish it wasn’t an issue, the sad truth is that home invasions happen. We tend to think it will never happen to our family – until it does. Do you have protection systems in place to protect your loved ones from home break-ins? Many families don’t.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, home burglaries occur every 15 seconds. With the economy the way it is, these types of crimes are on the rise, too. Fortunately, there several ways to safeguard your home from intrusion. Not only will your family face a lower risk of criminal danger, you’ll rest easier knowing your home is better protected.
- Keep your shrubs short. According to Bankrate.com, “Bushes, shrubs and trees can offer an intruder places to hide and camouflage signs of a break-in. Trim back any overgrown vegetation so that your home’s windows, porches and doors are visible to neighbors and passersby.”
- Install motion sensor lights. Many criminals will avoid houses that have these altogether, because the risk of being seen goes up so much.
- Keep your blinds closed at night and while you’re gone. Criminals tend to scope out houses before hitting them to survey what high-priced goods they might find. Keep your blinds closed while you’re away to keep your belongings out of view.
- Don’t advertise your vacation. Have a neighbor pick up your mail and paper while you’re away, and be wise with social media. What might seem insignificant to you or I waves a red flag, “My house is empty!” to burglars.
- Secure your ground floor.The most common entry point for thieves is the ground floor windows and doors. Be sure these are secure.
- Install a security system. An armed security system can simply deter thieves on its own, but its also invaluable if someone does break into your home. Many have triggers that notify law enforcement if there’s an intrusion, as well as panic buttons if you need to call for help.
- Warn thieves. One professional thief told 60 minutes that he’ll avoid a house all together if a “Beware of Dog” sign is posted.
Keep your family safe by securing your home. Even if you live in a safe neighborhood, taking steps toward home security won’t hurt.
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