Regardless of where you live, home break-ins are a serious concern among anyone who owns a home. Homes are broken into more often than commercial properties, due to the perception of their vulnerabilities. A home burglary happens every 13 seconds in the United States. Even if you’re not home during the break-in, it absolutely affects your sense of safety and comfort in your home. The good news is that there’s many actions that you can undertake to help discourage any form of burglary – here’s some of them:
Project the Illusion that you’re home
It’s much easier to break into empty homes – so many burglars will only try to break into homes if they can verify that the homeowner’s away. Whether you’re at work or vacation, make sure to make it look like someone is inside your home. Install automatic locks or set locks on timers to establish the illusion of some sort of routine presence in the home – also make sure that on days you’re not home that your neighbor picks up your mail – and puts your garbage can outside on days the garbage truck comes to collect it.
Never hide spare keys
Many families hide spare keys under their doormat or a fake rock – in case someone forgets their existing key. This is never, ever a good idea. Your hiding spot isn’t that secret – many burglars are crafty and familiar with how popular and common this trend used to be – they can easily locate most hiding spots; instead, make sure to give a trusted friend or neighbor a copy of the key.
Lock all Windows and Doors
Many burglars come into homes through a side door, garage, window, or side door. Make sure that when you’re not using them that all windows in your home are locked – especially when you’re not home. If your locks don’t work properly, make sure to call Nonstop Locksmiths right away for a quick and easy repair.
Get a Deadbolt Lock
Get your Nonstop Technician to install a deadbolt on each door in your home. They are much more secure, and make it much more difficult for burglars to access your home.
Be friends with your neighbors
Your neighbors can be the best protection against break-ins – make sure to be friendly with them, and they will look over your home with the best intentions when you’re not home – and will of course call the police is they see any suspicious activity.