• Diana Lawson

The Cost of Burglary - It Pays to Know.

You’ve found it – the perfect home. You’ve filled it with beautiful furniture, family heirlooms, and all of your favorite items. But what happens when your sense of security comes crashing down after you’re the victim of a burglary? We know it happens, but never consider that we could be next. But if you work, have a regular schedule, or leave your house at all, you could be a victim of a home invasion. And the culprit could be right next door. Out of the 2.5 million burglaries a year, 66% of those are home break-ins; you are at risk and it could cost you.

Your home is one of your greatest assets. Arm yourself with the knowledge to protect yourself and your family.

Every 10 to 15 seconds, someone’s sense of security dissolves when their home is broken into. In ten or less minutes, burglars run away with precious items and your sense of safety. Understanding the nuances behind break-ins – what makes you susceptible and how you can prevent it – is key to avoiding this disaster.

Sometimes, you’ve got some not-so-friendly neighbors. Perpetrators tend to live close to their targets, usually within a couple miles, so they’re able to subtly monitor the activity around the area. Make sure you speak with your real estate expert about the crime rates and safety in your neighborhood.

Home burglaries commonly occur between 10 A.M. to 3 P.M., when homeowners are at work, running errands, or picking up kids from school. Often times, a burglar will recognize and capitalize on your regular schedule and pinpoint when the house is empty.

Always in a rush? Burglars typically enter through a door frequently left unlocked, making their work even easier. Thieves then make a break for the master bedroom to scope out any cash or jewelry first and then head for big value electronics. On average, a break in results in over $2,000 stolen!

One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.” -Nelson Mandela

Here are some simple steps to help protect your home

  • Invest in secure hardware for your door. Since the front door is a high entry point of choice, make sure that you are doing all you can to prevent unwanted door openings. (34% of burglars go through the front door)

  • Home protection begins in the yard. We get it, you want a spare key in case of emergencies; however, you could be leaving it there for strangers. To help keep thieves off your keys, invest in a safe box. You can also check into motion-sensor lighting to scare thieves into thinking someone spotted them.

  • Don’t forget! Your mail is a hot commodity; make sure that you have a mailbox that requires a key to open it.

  • Make some noise! It seems like everyone has an alarm nowadays- cars, homes, even backpacks! A home without a security system is 2.7 times more likely to be broken into. You don’t have to break the bank to install alarms, there are simple door and window alarms that simply make noise when opened.

Remember, thieves want fast and quiet break ins!

For more home safety tips give us a call!

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