There was an estimated 2,103,787 burglaries in the United States in 2012, resulting in an average loss of $2,230 per break in, according to the FBI. What can you do to prevent the devastating event of a burglary? We put together several tips that you can use to deter burglars from breaking into your home.
Tips for Burglar Proofing Your Home:
- Don’t display expensive items for thieves to see. Keep flat screen TVs and costly electronics away from your open windows or doorways.
- Use curtains for your windows so that experienced burglars can’t “case” your home.
- Don’t leave mail piled up in the mailbox if you’re away. Have someone pick up your mail for you, or set up a mail hold while you are away.
- Keep your house lit. Scare off burglars with motion-sensor lights and invest in a time controlled light to make your home look “lived in” while you are away.
- Deadbolt your doors and secure your windows. Strong deadbolt locks and secured windows can discourage potential thieves just by making their jobs more difficult. Don’t forget to lock up your garage too!
- Don’t advertise your vacation. Since most robberies take place when people are out of the house, don’t make thieves’ jobs any easier by telling them that you’ll be away on vacation! That goes for posting your vacation plans on social media too.