Think like a thief
You wake up in the middle of the night because you hear a noise in the living room. As you get out of your bed you start to panic at the thought of a stranger intruding in your home. You tip toe into the living room, heart pounding, baseball bat in hand, scared totally senseless and reach for the light switch. And when the light turns on you find…
Well, weren’t you lucky? You really were.
According to statistics published in 2005 by the FBI uniform crime reporting program a burglary takes place in the United States every 14.6 seconds.
And while no one can predict if and when their home will be burglarized, there are some ways to help prevent burglary and most of them involve thinking like a thief.
Take a look at your home as if you were looking at it from a burglar’s point of view. Does it look like a good target? Here’s how you can tell:
1- Entry points- According to the same study, the highest percentage of burglars entering in any one part of the home come right through the front door. The next most popular entry point? First floor windows. After that the back door and the garage are high target areas. Here’s what you can do about it: invest in good locks and make sure your doors and windows are always functioning correctly. Having deadbolt locks on your doors not only makes them extremely difficult to break into but also may qualify you for a homeowners insurance discount.
2- Lighting- Outdoor lighting is one of the biggest deterrents for a burglar. Make sure your driveway, walkways and entry points are always well lit at night and early morning. Remember, a burglar doesn’t want to be seen so illuminating their route will surely keep them away.
3- Security Systems and Signs- Did you know that homes without security systems are three times more likely to be broken into than homes with security systems? Install a security alarm and make sure you post signs around your property that say, “This property is protected by XYZ Security Company”.
The typical house burglar is a male teenager who lives within a couple miles of your home. The chance of being victimized by a professional thief is low.
-Bureau of Statistics, FBI Crime Reporting Program
So think like a burglar and you just might prevent your home from being victimized by one. For more tips visit “How can I prevent home burlgary“.