Did you know that a home without a security system is 2 to 3 times more likely to be burglarized? Home security statistics show that burglars will typically bypass a home if it requires too much effort, so to thwart thieves, here are 10 home security tips designed to make your house a less appealing target to burglary.
Use Locks on Doors & Windows
Thieves prefer an easy point of access and unlocked doors and windows are a great point of entry. One of the benefits of a home security system is the reminder they provide when windows/doors are left open or unlocked.
Don’t Be Loose With Your House Keys
While it may sound obvious, be cautious of who you lend your keys to. Keys can easily be replicated, so think twice before leaving a key for a repairman.
Don’t Brag About Your Vacation on Social Media
Burglars have admitted that they monitor social media to see who’s on vacation. Think twice about posting to Facebook or Twitter next time you’re headed to the airport.
Put Yourself in Their Shoes
Take a walk to the end of your driveway & approach your home as a would-be thief. Do you easily see anything you would want to steal? Consider moving attractive targets out of sight.
Don’t Advertise Valuables at the Curb
Finally get that new flat screen TV or computer you’ve been wanting? Don’t put the boxes by the curb for trash pickup – this can serve as an advertisement to people driving by. Instead, break down boxes and place them in trash bags or bins.
Don’t Let Mail/Newspapers Pile Up
Have you ever driven by a home and seen multiple newspapers sitting at the end of the driveway? You probably thought the homeowner(s) must be away – don’t let burglars think the same of your home. Arrange for nearby family or neighbors to pick up your mail when away for more than a couple days.
Store Valuables in a Safe
Again, the harder you make things for thieves the less likely you’ll be targeted. Keep valuables like cash and jewelry stashed in a locked safe.
Install a Home Security System
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, a house without a home security system is 2-3 times more likely to be burglarized. Install a home security system to deter burglars from targeting your property.
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