In the United States burglaries are happening every 15 seconds. Being proactive to help keep your home and loved ones safe is a must in today’s times. People sometimes think of burglars coming into homes late at night, wearing black to avoid being seen. However the majority of burglaries happen when the sun is shining bright…usually between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when people are likely to be away from their homes. Making your home appear occupied even when you are not there can decrease your chance of your home being targeted.
- Use automatic timers for lights to go on and off when you are away from home.
- If you will be away for an extended period of time have someone you know and trust pick up your mail and newspapers so they aren’t piling up.
- Don’t forget to ask a neighbor to put out your trash can on trash days.
- Turn your phone ringer done when you are away and if possible have calls to your home phone forwarded to your cell phone when you are gone. Burglars sometimes call a home first to see if someone is there.
- Do not post about upcoming vacations on social media or post pictures of your vacation while you are away.
- Always keep your car parked in the garage to avoid a potential burglar noticing the times you are home and the times you are away.
- Consider a doorbell that has a built in camera and contacts you on your phone when someone is ringing the bell.
- Did you know installing a monitored security system doesn’t just help catch criminals but also decreases your chances of being burglarized in the first place? Homes without alarm systems are targeted more often than homes with systems.