According to the Bureau of Justice, “burglary is defined as unlawful or forcible entry or attempted entry of a residence. This crime usually, but not always, involves theft. The illegal entry may be by force, such as breaking a window or slashing a screen, or may be without force by entering through an unlocked door or an open window.”
They report that there are 3.4 million burglaries in the United States-one every 15 seconds. It is also a fact that close to 40% of all burglaries do not require a forced entry! Essentially all that the burglar has to do is just walk in through an unlocked door or crawl in through an unlocked window.
Since there are so many homeowners-nearly 78,000,000 of you-plus untold millions of apartment dwellers and condominium owners, home security should be high on your list of priorities. Here are some tips that will help you secure your home to prevent burglary in the first place and if burglars do get in, some ways to hide your valuables so they can’t be found.
1. Make your home an unattractive target to burglars in the first place. You can do that by removing potential hiding places around lower-level doors and windows, which burglars use to conceal themselves from prying eyes of neighbors. Almost all burglaries are committed during daytime hours when the burglars think homeowners are not there, so hiding places are helpful.
2. You have probably read or heard that nearly half of all home burglaries do not need forced entry because homeowners leave doors and windows unlocked. It’s almost like they are inviting trouble. And that is usually what they get-trouble.
3. Burglars don’t like seeing security cameras around a house. From a distance they can’t tell fake ones from the real ones, so save some money and get some realistic looking fake security cameras.
4. Burglars also don’t care for dogs. Dogs are a burglar’s worst nightmare. If you don’t have a dog, don’t bother getting one. You can put a sign in your front yard that warns of a dog or in the alternative get a Barking Dog Alarm.which makes the sound of a barking dog when someone enters the protected area.
5. Statistics show that burglars spend no more than 5 to 10 minutes inside a home. So protect valuables like cash, credit cards and jewelry with Diversion Safes. They are hollowed out containers of common, everyday household items. They provide hiding places for smaller valuables.
Follow these tips and you will be way ahead of the game in protecting yourself from home burglary and protecting your valuables from being stolen if a burglar does get into your house.
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