There are a vast number of reasons why you may leave your house unattended. Perhaps everyone is away for the day attending work and school, on vacation, on a business trip, or just to get out and about for a summer day of recreation.
With summer rapidly approaching, the vulnerability of your home increases. According to statistics gathered by the FBI, home burglaries jump to between 10% and 18% during the vacationing months of June, July and August. Of all burglaries, around 28% are carried out without forceful entry which shows that greater attention needs to be placed on locking windows and doors.
Also, according to the Insurance Information Institute, of the 1.2 million burglaries committed every year, a whopping 9 out of 10 could have been prevented by following certain home burglarproofing techniques
Home Security Tips
Keep in mind that if a burglar cannot break into your home within 4 or 5 minutes then chances are good that they will move on to an easier target. Also, by adding various security devices to your home, many insurance companies will provide a 2-15% discount on your home insurance just for including added safety measures.
The following home security tips are offered by the Burglary Prevention Council to help you keep your home safe while away:
- Before leaving your home, walk around it and make sure that expensive items cannot be easily viewed from the windows. Would-be robbers who pass by your house and can easily see artwork, electronics, etc may be more tempted to target your home.
- Double check that all locks on your doors and windows are fastened before leaving. All outside doors should contain deadbolts with a 1” latch and reinforced strike plate.
- Sliding glass doors need extra reinforcement. Add a broomstick, metal rod, or other sturdy device in the track of the door to prevent it from being pried open.
- If you have an attached garage, ensure that the house entrance door is locked.
- You want to maintain an at-home appearance while away so leave some shades and curtains partially open.
- Create an illusion of inside activity by leaving on a radio or television and placing a few lights on timers.
- Keep your landscaping cut and clean eliminating potential burglar hiding places.
- Use low-voltage and solar lights around the perimeter of your home. Light is a major deterrent to criminal activity.
- Have a neighbor collect newspapers and packages from your doorway and mail from your mailbox which can accumulate, providing a sign that you’re not home. Also, ask a neighbor to park in your driveway to make it look like you’re home.
- Join a neighborhood watch program and alert trusted neighbors when you will be away. Alert neighbors are one of the best home safety providers as they can quickly recognize odd occurrences and alert the authorities.
- Have a home security system installed and make sure it’s activated when you leave.
- Don’t leave a message on your answering machine that you are away for an extended period of time.
By using common sense and double checking that the above tips are applied, you can better ensure that your home is safe while you are away.