Security Tools To Keep Your Home Safe
A house is often the biggest asset attached to a person’s name. That means it’s up to the owner to make sure it’s as secure as possible. Many burglars target houses more often than apartments because there is usually a lack of security. To protect against crime and burglaries, it’s important to keep your home well-defended. Here’s what you need to know:
What To Know About House Thieves
It takes the average burglar about 60 seconds to break into a home and another 10 to 12 minutes to leave. Burglars are adept at identifying houses that are easily accessible. They often learn the homeowner’s routine, find times when the house might be empty, and keep an inventory of valuable items (usually by peering into windows or studying the homeowner). Common stolen items include liquor, cash, prescription drugs, jewelry, electronics, firearms, and other belongings.
Don’t Be A Target
Whether you’re a new homeowner or living in a childhood house, it’s never too late or too early to implement a security strategy. Most people worry about nighttime protection, but, in reality, 83% of burglaries occur during the day. So, whether you’re working from home or going into work regularly, it’s a good idea to add some safety measures to your property.
Here’s what you can do:
Protect the Outside
Locate any weak points. Every few months or so, walk the perimeter of your house to see if there are any loose windows, wiggly doors, or vulnerable views.
Use curtains. Even if your house is facing away from foot traffic, a burglar could still peer through a window and look inside. Install curtains or blinds for an extra layer of privacy.
Befriend your neighbors. An extra set of eyes can help monitor the place while you’re away and let you know if there is any suspicious activity in the neighborhood.
Protect the Inside
Change the locks. If you’re not the first person to move into the house, consider changing the locks to prevent previous owners — or anyone who might have made a duplicate key — from accessing the house.
Don’t put valuables on display. If a prized possession is easily visible, especially from the outside, it may be targeted by burglars. Keep valuables away from common areas.
Keeping your home safe starts with strengthening any weak spots in security and implementing a good defense system. To learn more about burglary stats, where break-ins occur, and which protection system may be right for you, read more in our resource.
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