Stop Showboating to Keep Your Home Safe from Burglars Prying Eyes
According to the FBI 40% of all burglaries in the US were not forced entries, and most burglars will choose to break in during the day time when houses are unoccupied. If burglars don't have to force enter, then it simply means that owners are a little careless and generally don't care much to keep their homes secure unless they have been victimized earlier. Preventing a crime obviously is better proposition than trying to recover your stolen goods, but then owners will need to take some steps and not depend too much on the police for home security. The good thing however is that at least 25% of the homes in US have some form of a security system like the ADT Home Security System for example.
Burglary rate in the US has declined over the years, but in absolute terms at least 1.5 million homes were burgled in the year 2006, a number that is shocking enough to anyone. Of all the security systems the deadbolt as it is called has helped home owners more than any other invention to date. But burglars are getting tech savvy as you may have known. They have the means to break or pick locks; even the best and the most expensive one. Having the best lock, surveillance equipment, cameras, fences and even a Fort Knox like arrangement will not deter the hardcore criminal from breaking into your home. The thought that he will be caught while in the act is the only sure fire way to keep burglars away. And that is the reason why most homes in the US have some kind of home security system or the other to get an alert.
Most often why homes get burgled is the opulent lifestyles of its occupants. Of course it is not my argument that you stop enjoying the goodies, but try not to leave a trail that the burglars will pick your home for the next mission. Besides the opulent lifestyle there are many preventive measures you can take to make your home a more secure place to live. Here are some of them.
Avoid showboating as much as you can. The little things like the carton box of an expensive plasma TV, an unlocked motorcycle, a bicycle or even a costly piece of dress is a clue to the thief is enough to leave him wondering about what else you may have in your home to prey upon. So keep them out of view or safely dispose them off. The best way to do it think like a burglar; stand in front of your home and guess what you did like to steal here and look for the tell tale signs.
Create an illusion that someone is there in the home. And one of the ways to do it leaving a light on while your home is unoccupied, or even leave the impression that you have a home security alarm in place. A home alarm is the last thing that thieves will want to negotiate for fear of alerting the neighborhood. That doesn't mean no burglars will attempt a break in, but you stand a better chance that there will be not attempts.
Don't leave your spare key outside your home; under the flower pot, a door mat or worse still near a window in the fond hope that it will help in the event you have lost your regular key. Breaking the lock is much cheaper than losing your valuable possession. Thieves know better, they are good at guessing homeowners weaknesses.
Notify the police in advance if you plan to go on a long vacation, so that they can keep a closer watch on suspicious movements in your area. They are better at sensing a prospective thief, because most thieves have criminal records and operate within a certain area that they carve out. The police can also evaluate the security aspect to your home and come up with suggestions that will make your home much safer than what it is now. So take their help, it really pays and often their services are free.
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