Statistics from the FBI show that there is a burglary once every sixteen seconds in the United States. Most of these could easily be prevented just by taking a few additional precautions. To ensure your property is as safe as possible, you should avoid making any of these five home security mistakes.
#1. Leaving Doors and Windows Unlocked
Believe it or not, a good number of burglars enter through an unlocked door or window. As such, you should always be sure to lock your home, even if you are only heading out for a few minutes. Leaving a key underneath a door mat or fake rock is essentially the same thing as leaving a door unlocked. If you must hide a key, place it inside a plastic bag and bury in a location that will be easy for you to remember.
#2. Allowing Easy Access to Tools
It’s just as important to lock your garage or storage shed as it is your home. That’s because would-be intruders could easily gain access to items such as hoes, shovels, or hammers, which could then be used to compromise your locks or even break windows. What’s worse is that once inside your home, criminals would also have a weapon that could be used against you. Always ensure storage areas are locked, and consider using a gaplock device on rolling garage doors so that burglars cannot pry them open with a coat hanger.
#3. Providing Places for Intruders to Hide
When "casing” houses, burglars often look for yards that provide concealment in the way of dark shadows, trees, lamp posts, or other fixtures. For this reason, one of the best things you can do to improve home securityis to evaluate your landscaping. Trim trees and shrubs that are close to your home, and consider installing additional landscape lighting where needed. If your yard appears well lit and meticulously maintained, chances are that robbers will choose another home instead.
#4. Advertising Expensive Items
While home break-ins are often planned, a good number are also crimes of opportunity. The best way to prevent your home from this type of break-in is to ensure that valuable items are not visible from the street. Stand outside your home to get a better picture as to what others see when they are passing by. If things such as computers and televisions can be seen easily, you may want to move them. If this isn’t possible, consider installing heavier blinds and curtains instead.
You should also take care not to "advertise” recent purchases by placing empty cardboard boxes near the curb. Avoid uploading photographs to social media, particularly after posting your travel plans (which also gives thieves the green light for committing a burglary).
#5. Making it Obvious that No one is Home
When you must be away from home for an extended period, be sure to:
These common home security mistakes are easy to fix, and will help you greatly reduce the odds of a break-in. Another way to make your family safer is with a home security system. Our systems can easily be customized to fit your needs, providing you with the greatest security possible.