Did you know that 62 percent of burglaries happen during the day? The majority occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., because people are less likely to be home during those hours. If you work the 9-to-5 grind, you need a home security plan that accounts for those critical moments when your home is unattended. Unfortunately, only about 23 percent of reported burglaries are ever solved, and only about 15 percent of stolen property is ever recovered, so when it comes to home security, prevention really is the best cure. Some of these tips might seem simple or self-explanatory, but far too many Americans still have no security plan whatsoever. Even the most seemingly obvious measures can go a long way in protecting the space between those four walls.
Install a Home Security System
If you don’t already have a reliable home security system installed, now is the time to start shopping around. Thanks the emergence of new streamlined, wireless technologies, it’s now easier than ever to purchase and set up an affordable, reliable system for your home. At Home Security Store, you can find a wealth of versatile, all-inclusive kits starting at less than $200. Whether you decide to shop here or somewhere else, the important thing is that you arm your home.
Expand Your Existing System
Maybe you already have a security system that you’re happy with. The next step is to assess your kit and uncover any weaknesses. Are there motion sensors strategically situated throughout the home? Does your system include glass break detectors? Do you have surveillance cameras set up around the home? Do you have yard signs or window decals that alert potential burglars of your impenetrable security? How about door and window contacts? Even the smallest additions to your system can go a long way in improving and optimizing your home security.
Lock Your Windows
Maybe you’re thinking, “Duh! What kind of idiot doesn’t lock their windows when they leave?” Believe it or not, far too many of us are leaving our windows unlocked or even open. Approximately 30 percent of burglars enter the home through unlocked doors or windows, and many burglars will specifically move from house to house in search of an easy entry point. So always make sure to lock all windows, and install a secondary locking device on any window that only contains a latch.
Now please don’t misunderstand. We would never recommend that you run down to your local shelter and pick up a dog solely for the purpose of guarding your home, but if you’re already considering adopting a little canine companion, it’s worth noting that the mere presence of a dog can serve as a huge burglary deterrent. As professional burglar Walter T. Shaw told MSN Money:
Little yappy dogs are a huge turnoff. I would never go into a house that has one. They’re a huge deterrent because they just don’t stop barking and can be heard by neighbors or their owners if you’re checking out the house a day before going in.
Report Suspicious Persons
Remember the classic John Hughes film, Home Alone? For all their farcical ineptitude, criminals Harry and Marv did one thing right: They cased the homes they were planning to rob over the holiday season. They didn’t just select random houses and start smashing windows. They familiarized themselves with the neighborhood, learned the daily routine of each home on the block, and determined which families were leaving for Christmas vacation. A skilled thief will spend days or even weeks casing a neighborhood, so if you see a mysterious van of people parked across the street for days at a time, or if you encounter suspicious solicitors who appear to be ringing your doorbell under false pretenses, contact the police right away.
Be Mindful When Home During the Day
As previously mentioned, thieves will sometimes go door to door dressed as solicitors, simply as a means of surreptitiously casing a home. They might pose as insurance salesmen, government workers or even home security installers. For instance, someone might claim to be an alarm salesman, and then start asking personal questions about your home security system: Does it have third-party monitoring? Is the system up to date? Is it tied to a landline? Don’t answer any personal questions about your home or family, and don’t grant anyone access to your home unless you personally know them or are expecting them.