Is Your Home an Easy Target for Burglars? Here is How Not to Get Robbed
Coming home to a house that has been robbed is one of the most traumatic things a family can go through.
Beside enduring the loss of the things you spend years choosing and enjoying, walking in to the sight of ransacked rooms is disturbing. You can feel violated and anxious.
Most burglars aren’t dumb. They carefully choose the homes they break into, based on a few different factors. The job has to be quick and easy to do, and it has to be worth the effort. Home robbers could be looking at your home right now, deciding if they have a good thing right in front of them for the taking.
Three Facts about Burglaries
- Most burglaries occur during the day when the home is unoccupied
- Common household tools, such as screwdrivers, pry bars and hammers are used most often to gain entry.
- The items that are most often stolen include cash, jewelry, guns, laptop computers, small electronic devices and phones.
Five Things that Make Your Home Vulnerable to Burglary
- Your landscaping is overgrown. If your doors or windows are shielded by bushes, the robbers have built in cover to do their dirty work of breaking in to your home.
- You put your trash cans out days before the trash is due. It tells robbers you are away for the weekend.
- Your garage doors have windows. Criminals are not shy about looking through garage door windows to see if your car is inside. If it isn’t, they know there is a really good chance that no one is home.
- Your home phone number is listed. If you still have a home phone number, a thief may call it to see if you answer. Have your calls forwarded to your cell phone or keep the home line unlisted.
- Your home is dark at night. For the robbers who want to try breaking in at night, a completely dark home gives them plenty of chance. Install motion detector lights or keep at least one interior light on at night.
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