How Burglar Friendly is Your Home?

August 31, 2016 at 2:19 PM



Unfortunately, burglaries happen every day. In many cases, the victims believe they have implemented good practices in protecting their homes. However, many homeowners make simple mistakes that can give leeway to burglars. Hence, the question, how burglar friendly is your home? Most people will rate their homes as 0 to 5 percent burglar friendly oblivious of home safety mistakes they may make daily. To get a real scope of how burglar friendly your home is, you must understand the mistakes that can make you a prime target for burglars and how to avoid them

Not arming the burglar alarm

It is common for people with alarm systems to not arm their system when they are dashing out for a few minutes. You tell yourself that you will only be away for 5 minutes or less, and it is not enough time for any burglar to get in your house. Unknown to many is that some of the more sophisticated burglars watch and study neighborhoods for a while before making any move. Therefore, they know when you leave for that morning run and how long you take. So, take precaution and set the alarm even you will only be gone for a short time. Also, invest in a good alarm that offers multiple layers of protection like additional motion and light sensors.

Leaving lights on

A light that stays on all the time might not be a good deterrent. When there are people in a house, lights are switched on and off at different intervals. If you are away on vacation or a business trip, use timers that turn lights on and off in different parts of the house at different times. Or, check into a Smart Home monitoring system that not only allows you to turn lights on and off from your smart device but can also remember your patterns and create a "vacation scene" turning lights on and off and raising and lowering shades to mimic patterns you have when you are home.

Leaving doors and windows unlocked

Most burglaries happen in homes that are easy targets. A burglar doesn't want to do something that might bring attention to what they are doing. The sound of breaking glass or a burglar alarm going off might alert someone nearby that there is trouble. The easiest and quietest way to enter a house is through an unlocked door or window. Don't leave a door unlocked. Make it a habit to keep your doors and windows locked when you are not home, and even when you are home and you know you won't be leaving for the rest of the day or night.

Taking steps to boost home security and safety is worth your time and effort. Protecting you and your family and reducing worry will help you live more comfortably and enjoyably.