Burglary happens. Are you prepared to stop a burglar from targeting your home?
Did you know, residential burglaries spike in July and August and most occur in the mid-morning or mid-afternoon?
- In 2017, the FBI reported 1.4 million offenses of burglary in the US.
- More than two in every three burglaries (67.2 percent) took place at a residential property.
- The average monetary cost per offense was $2,416.
Burglar-proof your home with some home security tips below.
- Install home security cameras.
- Well-maintained landscaping not only enhances curb appeal, it keeps burglars away. Unkempt shrubs and trees make a great hiding place for robbers.
- Teach your pooch to be aware of unknown humans. Thirty-four percent of convicted burglars surveyed said that a dog inside a home would be a deterrent.
- Don't advertise your vacation by posting photos in real-time on social media.
- Have someone tend to your home when you're away. Uncleared snow in the driveway or uncut grass, piled up mail and closed shades/no lights make your home an easy target.
- Conceal expensive item's packaging in your trash bin.
- Install motion-activated floodlights and use indoor lights with random timers.
- Secure sliding doors and windows. Use a strong dowel and slide it into the back groove for extra security.
- Leave a radio or TV on while you are away from home.
- Make friends with your neighbors and ask them to notify you of any suspicious activity near your home.
- Don't hide spare keys outside. Leave a spare with a trusted neighbor or opt for a combination lock box in a discreet area of your property.
- Keep your ladders locked up. Ladders are an invitation to climb into unlocked windows.