Preventing break-ins in your home

Preventing break-ins in your home

Your home is the only place where you can have a good night’s rest to prepare you for a full day ahead at work. But to sleep soundly at night, you have to make sure that your house is highly secured from any possible burglary or break in.

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation recorded an estimated 2,159,878 burglaries in the United States in 2010, which accounted for 23.8 percent of the estimated number of property crimes committed in that year.

Of this number, 60.5 percent involved forcible entry and 33.2 percent were unlawful entries.

The UCR report showed that victims of burglaries suffered an estimated $4.6 billion in lost property in 2010 with an average dollar loss per burglary at $2,119.

Burglaries on residential properties accounted for 73.9 percent of all burglary offenses.

Based on the UCR’s 2010 Crime Clock Statistics, one property crime occurred every 3.5 seconds and one burglary every 14.6 seconds.

Taking a cue from this statistics, how can you prevent break-ins in your home?


Lock all entry points

One basic important thing that you have to remember to keep unwanted intruders out of your home is to lock all doors, windows particularly the sliding types and other entry points before you go out.

Check if there is a need for you to change the locks of your house into a more secure one like thumb latch locks, deadbolts on doors and double-paned windows.

In the 2010 data from UCR, 33.2 percent of burglaries that occurred in the United States are unlawful entries where no force is used. This means that the burglars just got into these properties easily as if they have the key.  And they usually do the crime during the day when the owners are at work.


Never show off what you have

If you use huge glass windows or panels in your home, take time to stroll outside and see what things are visible that would-be thieves may find interests in. Redesign your house to hide those expensive things out of direct view from other people.

Never leave items outside your house that can be easily carried away like a scooter, bicycle or skate board. Put them instead inside in your garage.


Do a little trick

Before breaking in, burglars often do some spying first to check if someone is inside the house. If you are out of your home the whole day, you might want to trick the burglar from thinking that there’s someone inside like turning on a light or playing music.

You can put a home security system sign in your yard to trick the burglar, even if you don’t have. The Office of Community Oriented Police Service says some burglars stay away from houses with a home security system sign.


Clean your yard

You may have planted trees and shrubs in your yard that have already grown tall, which may be used as hiding place by burglars. Trim them down and do a little manicure to make your property visible, which would deter burglars from getting in as they will be openly seen by your neighbors.

You may also plant holly bushes or thorny shrubs around your house which may literally deter anyone from easily entering your property.


Know your neighbors

If you have established good relationships with your neighbors, they can help thwart any possible break-in in your house. Burglars usually shy away from a neighborhood whose residents are vigilant about their surroundings.

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