Our family’s safety is our utmost priority. That means keeping our homes safe as well. Do you know that in 2018 alone, over 1,200,000 burglaries occurred in the United States? More than half of these burglaries involved forced entry. The amount that people lose from these burglaries is averaged at around $3000. What’s worse is that some burglary victims end up getting injured. Although the percentage of harmed burglary victims are low, there is still a possibility of it happening. And you wouldn’t want to risk it happening to you or a loved one. The about burglaries is that they are 100% preventable. Here’s what you can do to burglar-proof your home:
Have your eye on everything with security cameras
A smart burglar will only strike when the homeowners are gone. Seventy-two percent of the time, burglaries occur when no one is home. Nothing feels worse than coming home from vacation and seeing that your house has been broken into and valuables have been stolen. If you want to keep an eye on your home even when you aren’t there. Installing security cameras is your best bet. Most security cameras these days connect to your home’s Wi-Fi. Because it is connected to Wi-Fi, it gives you access to security footage on your mobile app. That way, you can watch your home even if you’re miles away and call 911 if you need to. Most security cameras also have motion detection. It will even notify you when motion is detected.
Leave no place to hide with outdoor lighting
Homeowners often underestimate the importance of exterior lighting. Outdoor lighting can be beneficial when it comes to combating burglars. But leaving your lights on for an entire night can be a waste of energy and money. Installing motion-detection solar-powered outdoor lighting is the solution. Not only does it keep your home safe at night, but it also helps you cut down your electricity bill.
Block them with your gate
Studies have shown that gated residential areas have a much lower chance of being burglarized than non-gated residencies. If you don’t live in a gated residential area, you can always install your own driveway gate.
Install proper window locks
Aside from the front door, windows are burglar’s favorite point of entry. That’s because most homeowners are careless with their windows. They’re easier to break and are often left unlatched or have fragile locks. A simple solution to prevent burglars from entering your window is by getting better and more durable window locks. Do proper research so that you can choose the best window lock for you.
Stick on door and window alarms
As mentioned above, people are lazy when it comes to latching their windows. If you’re too forgetful when it comes to locks, an alarm might be better for you. Just don’t make the mistake of leaving it off when you’re not at home.
Make your own sliding door lock
If you have a sliding door, you should get a bar lock because they are another easy entry point for burglars. You don’t even have to buy a lock for this one. You can make your own bar lock. Just get a heavy-duty wooden bar or metal bar and place it in between where the sliding door would usually slide and the door frame. It has to be an exact fit.
Get a safer safe
Every household should have a safe to place the family’s most valuable belongings. Make sure your safe is hidden in a good spot. Somewhere no one would suspect. And make sure that it’s durable and can’t easily be broken or picked.
Secure your privacy with window tint
Keep burglars from eyeing your property by giving them nothing to eye on. Installing tints on your windows will keep prying eyes away from your home. If they don’t know what’s inside, there’s a big chance they won’t try to break into your home.
Here are a few more facts that you should take note of. Burglars usually strike between 6 am and 6 pm, and not at night. That’s because those are the times when people are usually aren’t home, either they’re at work or school. They also usually strike during the summer when people are off for vacation. Now that you’re more aware, all that’s left for you to do is to install these devices.