12 Mistakes That Make Your Home
a Target For Burglars
security starts with decreasing the chances of
your home being robbed. Many homes are easy targets
for burglaries without the owners even realizing it.
Although the opportunity for your home to be a target
for burglary is high, simple everyday measures can be
taken to increase your home security without even
purchasing a security system.
prefer to target empty residences.
Target: Piled up
newspapers, mail and flyers, as well as putting your
garbage out days in advance or not putting it out at
all are all signs of vacancy. Stop the newspapers
when you go on vacation and have a neighbor pick up
Target: Drapes closed tightly, no noise or
lights on, no cars in the drive way. Slightly open
drapes, set TVís, radios, and lights on timers.
Leave a parked car in your driveway, even if itís
quick escape is important for a burglar, so high
fences or hedges are a real deterrent.
bushes and trees close to your home allow a burglar
to hide and can provide leverage to higher windows.
Make sure all scrubs are trimmed back and not
Target: An unsecured door, such as
garage, sliding door, or a patio door, presents an
opportunity for a burglar to enter your home.
Unlocked garage or shed doors allow thieves to tools
to assist in the entering of your home. Install
strong dead bolt locks on doors and fixed weak doors
dark property is always attractive. 90% of all
intruders choose not to enter a residence that is well
wattage bulbs in outdoor lights, no motion sensor
lights or lights on a timer, no lights on other
outdoor buildings, such as shields or garages, or no
outdoor lights at all. Ensure well light areas on
and around the home.
Some robbers donít get the idea to break into your
home until you give it to them.
Target: Members of the Family openly talking
about their vacation plans or expensive purchases.
Talk to family members about the privacy of family
burglars look for something worth stealing
valuables visible from outside the home, such as
having lawn mowers, bikes, and cars in your garage
with the door left open, shades and curtains open to
view jewelry, electronics, computers or items
you do not see as worth stealing are still valuable
to others, even items you do not view as valuable,
but others will, like alcohol. Get in the habit of
closing blinds at night and keep the garage door
look for any information to make themselves sound like
they know you, to create trust and open your door or
worse, tell your children they know you and get
information from them.
Target: Putting your
name on the mail box and answering machine, while
stating you are not home. Only put your house number
on your mailbox and door and say youíre
ďunavailable to answer the phoneĒ on the
answering machine without stating the name of your
find out the majority of your personal information in
your every garbage. Your trash is another personís
throwing your garbage away in an accessible area.
Shred any important documents, receipts, bills,
statements, credit cards, even invitations which
could give a date of when you may not be home. Don't
throw all the shred pieces away at once or in one
observe your daily behaviors
Target: Same daily
routine. Consistent routines give burglars an
estimated amount of time to complete their job,
which allows them to be more careful without getting
caught. Try not to be too predictable, come home
earlier on some days, or leaving for work later on
Target: Hiding your spare key in typical
places, such as under the door mat, above doorways,
or anywhere close to the door, as well as in the
same spot regularly in a visible area. Hide your
keys in areas that people cannot watch you retrieve
it and do not let kids openly show friends where
keys are hidden.
40% of home burglaries are termed by police as
"no force" entries.
Target: Leaving home
with windows or doors unlocked or even open thinking
youíll only be gone temporarily. You and
your family have to practice and remind each other
to always, not matter what the circumstances are, to
and lock all doors and windows when leaving the