If you were locked out of your house, would you still be able to get in? Maybe you keep an unlocked window in the back, or a hidden key in your mailbox or on top of a window ledge? You may think this is a good idea, but guess what? If you can break in, so can a burglar!
One out of ten homes will be burglarized this year. For a small amount of time and money, you can make your home more secure and reduce your chances of being a victim.
Check the Locks
Did you know that in almost half of all completed residential burglaries, thieves simply breezed in through unlocked doors or crawled through unlocked windows?
Check the Doors
Check the Outside
Look at your house from the outside. Make sure you know the following tips:
Consider an Alarm
Alarms can be a good investment, especially if you have many valuables in your home, or live in an isolated area or one with a history of break-ins.
Check with several companies before you buy so you can decide what level of security fits your needs. Do business with an established company and check references before signing a contract.
Learn how to use your system properly! Don’t “cry wolf” by setting off false alarms. People will stop paying attention and you’ll probably be fined. Some less expensive options…a sound-detecting socket that plugs into a light fixture and makes the light flash when it detects certain noises, motion-sensing outdoor lights that turn on when someone approaches, or lights with photocells that turn on when it’s dark and off when it’s light.
Burglars Do More Than Steal
Burglars can commit rape, robbery, and assault if they are surprised by someone coming home or pick a home that is occupied. If something looks questionable – a slit screen, a broken window, or an open door – don’t go in. Call the police from a neighbor’s house or a public phone.
At night, if you think you hear someone breaking in, leave safely if you can, then call the police. If you can’t leave, lock yourself in a room with a phone and call the police. If an intruder is in your room, pretend you are asleep.