Studies have shown that approximately one in fifty homes will experience a break-in every year. These statistics are troubling, as these numbers have only increased over the last few decades. Fortunately, there are a number of simple and effective ways in which people can decrease their chances of experiencing a break-in and becoming another victim. Here are a few simple steps anyone can take in order to secure their valuables and maintain their sense of peace and security.
Invest in Decent Outdoor Lighting
While electricity bills may be a pain, there is nothing more painful than having to call law enforcement after a home intruder breaks in. Take the time to ensure that all outdoor lighting is outfitted with working bulbs, and make sure to leave lights on, especially at night. One thing in particular which will deter a burglar is a well-lit home from the outside. Lighting will essentially put a spotlight on anyone who may be creeping around the property. Seasoned burglars will see a well-lit house and opt to move on to the next property.
Place Valuables in Secure Areas
One of the best places to store valuables and other treasured belongings is in cabinets under bathroom sink faucets. When an intruder comes into a home, they often look in bureaus, closets, and the attic for valuable items. Underneath the bathroom sink is where an intruder would least expect a homeowner to store their valuables. Another great place to hide valuables is in a child's bedroom or playroom. Intruders rarely search through those rooms, especially if they are messy and unorganized.
Be Mindful of the Front and Backyard
Intruders often study a dwelling and its inhabitants prior to breaking in. They usually look for clues in regards to what high-priced or expensive items may be lying inside. Make sure to store any toys that children may leave outside in the yard, as intruders may infer that there may be expensive gaming systems and computers inside the home. That well-manicured lawn and prized begonias may be the envy of all of the neighbors; however, that may also mean that there are high-quality items within the home as well.
Dispose of High Priced Packaging Discreetly
Break-ins tend to increase exponentially around the winter holiday season, especially after Christmas. If fancy electronics and television sets will be gifted this holiday season, be sure to dispose of the packaging discreetly. Use a box cutter and take the time to ensure that the recycling and the trash bin lids can close completely. If there is simply too much packaging to dispose of, consider taking the time to haul it away to the dump. A quick trip to dispose of telltale packaging could help avoid a sizable headache in the future.
Make Sure to Keep Blinds Closed
As lovely as natural light can be, an open blind is practically inviting intruders into one's home. If keeping blinds closed consistently is simply not an option, opt to open blinds in rooms other than the living room and other rooms where expensive items and valuables are on full display. Windows on the top floor of a house are less likely to be peered into, while lower-level windows around main entry points are prime targets.
Make Sure Valuables are Always Removed From Vehicles
Just as burglars will study a lawn in order to decide if that house is worth breaking into, they will also peer into the vehicle parked in the driveway. Ensure that all valuables are removed, so that they won't be tempted to see what else may be worth taking inside the house.
Don't Overshare on Social Media
While it may be tempting to let everyone know about one's upcoming trip to the Bahamas, avoid posting about it until after the vacation is over. Seasoned burglars and home intruders know exactly what they are looking for when combing through social media. As previously stated, most intruders will "case" a home prior to breaking in, which means they likely know the names of the people who live there, and can likely do a quick search on social media to see what they are up to and whether they are jet setting to a tropical vacation soon.
Home burglaries may be on the rise, but that doesn't mean that an individual has to become a statistic. By staying one step ahead of the seasoned pros and being mindful of what to look out for, anyone can properly safeguard their home and valuables from becoming an unfortunate target.
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