If you watch the nightly news you will probably see a few robberies that occurred every night. That is because the amount of home burglaries is frighteningly high. In fact, the FBI reports that there are over one million burglaries every year in the United States.
The good thing is there are some precautions you can take to limit your chances of becoming a victim.
Never Advertise That You Are Not Home
Burglars are always on the watch for homes that look like they have been vacant for some time. What they look for is stacks of newspapers on the driveway, grass that has not been cut in a while and lights that never going on.
The first thing that you can do to prevent someone from noticing you’re not home is having a trusted neighbor pick up your newspapers and even pay them to cut your grass when you are on an extended vacation.
To make your home look more lived in you can add fake occupancy scenes. You can do this with things like lighting control. With smart lighting you can have lights turn on at random times to make it look like someone is in the room. You can even program your TV to turn on and off at set times.
Another major thing you don’t want to do is leave your trash cans out before you go on vacation. Trash cans sitting outside of a house too long can expose the fact that you are not home.
Be Careful of What You Share Online
It may be tempting to share with your friends that you are in the Caribbean on a beach vacation or traveling Europe but you most definitely should not. Sure it might be feel great to get all those positive comments and likes but the risks out ways the benefits. When you share on Facebook that you are traveling it makes it public to the world that you are not home. This makes you extremely susceptible to a break-in.
This does not mean that you can’t ever share with your friends that you were having that great Pina Colada on the beach. You should however wait to share these awesome photos until you are home.
Secure Your Home Properly
Home security should be your number one priority. Make sure that your security company secures all your doors and windows and also creates interior trap zones. It is important to secure windows with contact sensors but it is much more secure to use a shock sensor combined with a contact. This will make sure that your windows are not only protected against someone opening it but the alarm will also be triggered if someone tries to break the window. As long as you don’t have large pets over 80lbs, you should make sure that you have at least one motion sensor. We recommend installing it in an area where a burglar will definitely go like the master bedroom.
Even if you take all the proper precautions it is still possible for you to have a break-in. In this case it is important that you catch the criminals in their tracks with cameras. Security cameras have come a long way over the years and they have also become very affordable. Now you can get HD quality cameras and have the ability to view them from your smart phone. Not only that, you can also get motion triggered video alerts if the camera senses motion when you are not home.
If you want to get more security tips or if you want to get a free security assessment of your home, please feel free to give us a call.