Did you know that approximately 30% of burglars enter homes through an unlocked door or window? And once they’ve gained access, these thieves can burglarize your home in less than 10 minutes. If you want to prevent a break-in and not become part of a statistic, it’s important to take preventative measures.
Check out our tips for prevent burglars from breaking in to your home:
Lock Your Doors and Windows
Locking doors and windows may seem like an obvious task, but as the statistic above shows, it’s easy to forget. Everytime you leave your home, double check to make sure that your windows and doors are closed completely and locked. You may also consider getting a deadbolt lock for your door to prevent forceful entry into your home.
Invest in Motion Detecting Lights
Motion detecting lights are one of the best ways to prevent a nighttime break-in. The better-lit your home is, the less likely a burglar will attempt to break in. Additionally, motion detecting lights can act as a built in light when you return home late at night. You can get motion detecting lights either hardwired or screwed into the outside of your house.
Get a Dog
Burglars are also less likely to break into a house with a dog. Dogs are highly unpredictable and can be very loud, drawing unwanted attention to a burglar’s presence. But if you aren’t prepared to love and care for your new furry friend, getting a dog is not the right option for you.
Talk to Your Neighbors
Your neighbors are perhaps one of the best resources when it comes to preventing a burglary. Talking to your neighbors can give you a better understanding of what’s going on around your home. They may have information about what’s going in the neighborhood, such as suspicious persons or cars lingering around your home.
And if you leave for vacation, ask your neighbors to help make your home looked ‘lived in’ while you’re gone. By picking up mail and taking in the garbage for you, your neighbors can deter would be intruders.
Install a Security System
Home security systems and alarms are a powerful deterrent to potential burglars. From burglary monitoring to video surveillance, there are a number of home security options to fit your needs. Installing a home security system is an easy way to prevent a break-in, and well worth the investment.
Sonitrol home security systems come with stickers and yard signs that let burglars know your home is well protected. Learn more about how Sonitrol’s state-of-the-art systems can help prevent a break-in and protect your home.