Don’t let the statistics alarm you, but rather use them to motivate you. Learn what an intruder looks for prior to selecting their target and how to ensure that your home isn’t next. You might be surprised how simple it is to take your home off of their list and keep your family safe!
According to the 2011 Federal Bureau of Investigations Crime Report, one burglary happens every 14.6 seconds resulting in an average of 6,000 burglaries per day. Household break-ins account for 73.9 percent of that daily total. In addition, Bureau of Justice statistics reveal that 40 percent of annual household break-ins are not forced. This means that the intruder was able to walk, climb or crawl through an opening and into the house.
1. Lock doors and windows
First things first, make sure that your doors and windows are closed and locked. Leaving a door or window open gives an intruder the opportunity to get into your home with no trouble at all. Added, affordable home protection measures for windows and doors include magnetic alarms, glass breakage alarms and door stop alarms. If an intruder alternatively smashes a window or pops a lock, the volume of these alarms once set off will compel them to leave. Not only will neighbors hear it, but the possibility that your home is monitored by a service that will alert the police will send them running.
2. Beware of Dog
One of the best burglary prevention devices is man’s best friend, the family dog. Regardless of the size of their bark, dogs can bring enough attention to an attempted break-in to force most intruders to change their plan. If you do not have a dog a “beware of dog” sign or electronic barking dog alarm will make your home appear to be less accessible. Just the idea or sound of an unfriendly dog being on the other side of the door will cause the intruder to walk away.
Prior to breaking into a home the majority of intruders will do some browsing. They are looking to see if anyone is home and to see what of value they can take. Of course work, errands and vacations get in the way of us being home all the time. But while away, you can discourage a break-in by leaving a light, radio or television on. Also, making sure that expensive items inside your home are not visible from the outside will reduce your chances of becoming a target. Take a walk around your home and see for yourself what is visible from the outside. If needed, do some rearranging.
4. Monitor strangers
Sometimes the person doing the browsing is someone that you have let into your home for a repair or installation. In this situation make sure that you remain in the house and observe what they are doing. Once they have completed the work and left, check to make sure nothing is missing and that no windows or doors have been unlocked.
5. Have a plan
In the event that someone attempts to break in when you are home, make sure that you have a plan and are prepared. At this point your personal safety is at risk and the smartest thing to do is get out. If there is not enough time to flee your home there are products that when used properly will help to distract the intruder long enough for you to get away. Personal alarms, pepper spray and stun guns as a last resort will help you get out of the house, run to a neighbors and call the police.
Remember knowledge is power, and knowing how an intruder selects their next target will help to ensure that you are not it!
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