According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, someone unlawfully enters a structure to commit a theft once every 3.6 minutes on average. There are an astonishing 2 million burglaries in the United States every year. A burglary is more expensive than you might think. While the FBI estimates that the average burglary costs a homeowner $2,185 in lost property, thefts actually cost more than just the value of the goods. Loss of property combined with the costs associated with the emotional toll on victims and legal expenditures can drive the cost of a burglary upwards of $20,000 per instance.
If you want to avoid becoming a statistic, get to know the facts around home burglaries and what you can do to keep your family and your home safe.
1. Lock Your Doors
Thirty percent of home burglars enter through an unlocked door. Locking all of your doors and windows seems like a no-brainer when it comes to keeping your property secure, but a number of people don’t take this simple protective measure. Side garage doors, back doors, and open first-floor windows make attractive entry points for would be thieves.
2. Front Door Entry
One-third of burglars enter a home through the front door. Hollow core or old-fashioned wood doors are exceptionally easy to kick in, even if they are secured with a lock. Consider replacing your entry doors with steel entry doors to make access more difficult.
3. Install an Alarm System
Most burglars will avoid homes with an alarm system. The sound of a screaming home alarm draws too much attention and thieves know they will not have time to access your personal property before the police arrive. When looking for an alarm system, consider going wireless. Alarm systems that use conventional telephone lines are vulnerable to being disarmed by potential burglars prior to their entering the home.
4. Lights and Cameras
Burglars do not like attention. Permanent lighting, motion-sensitive lighting, and visible and/or hidden video camera surveillance all discourage thieves from targeting your home.
5. Suspicious Behaviour
Burglars are repeat offenders. Knowing how a home is laid out and where the valuables are kept will make a future burglary easier for the thief. Make note of any suspicious behavior displayed by guests or household contractors, such as accessing unnecessary area of your home or asking unusual questions about the home’s layout. If you are a victim of a burglary, you must immediately make improvements to your home’s security as many burglars will return to a home.
6. Invest in Home Security
Simply put, the harder it is for a would-be thief to gain access to your property, the more likely they are to move on to what they perceive to be an easier target. With an astounding 87 percent of home burglaries going unsolved and recovery of property even less common, investing in simple home security measures now can save you a great deal in the future.