Burglaries are a crime that every homeowner fears because of the actual property loss and the feeling that their most protected location, the home, has been violated. Yet, they happen so infrequently that many people develop misconceptions about them. The only way you can defend your family and your home effectively against such crimes is to arm yourself with actual facts such as the following.
Although the movies, TV shows, and other media like to portray burglars as seasoned professionals who target homes throughout an entire city, the average burglars usually reside within two miles of the target. This enables them to casually and easily study your home and find out your family routines. They can conveniently stop by your home to find out if you’re on vacation through such signs as newspapers piling up at the door, letters overflowing at the mailbox, or yards filled with un-mowed grass and overgrown foliage. To guard against criminals knowing your routine, vary your schedule as much as possible and have someone take care of your home when you’re away.
Although some burglaries occur in the dead of night, most happen between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. because, with occupants at work, out running errands and in school, that is when the house is most likely to be unoccupied. Any break-ins are less likely to be noticed because most of the neighbours are gone too. You can guard your home when you’re away by adding motion-activated security systems that will send you email, text, or video when they detect someone at your premises.
Points of Entry
Many burglars simply enter a home through an unlocked front door or an open window, especially when such entrances are located on the ground floor behind shrubbery or outdoor structures. Thieves typically target the master bedroom first because that is where homeowners keep possessions like cash, jewelry and weapons that are not only valuable but portable. The usual burglary losses average over $2,200 per incident.
Make sure that all first-floor access points to your home are cleared of any vegetation so they’re visible from the seats. Add a security system to these locations and keep these doors and windows locked. Keep valuables in a safe that is either hidden in unlikely locations or bolted to the floor so it cannot be easily removed.
Security System Shield
Because security systems can tip homeowners off that criminal activity is going on in their homes, most burglars avoid homes with security systems. Alert criminals to your system by displaying signs and window stickers. Consider getting a monitored home security system because human agents can more readily distinguish actual burglaries.
Do you want more information on burglaries and how you can protect yourself from them with a security system? Then give us a call at Acme Protective Systems. We can help with all your security system needs.