We would like to think that our homes are the safest place for us and our possessions, but that’s not always the case as burglary statistics show. There are 2.5 million burglaries nationwide per year, 66% of which are home break-ins, according to Safe at Last.
Of those break-ins, the majority happen between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in homes that don’t have a security system, Safe at Last reported. Often, home burglaries happen in the summer months when people are on vacation.
So what can you do to protect your home and belongings inside?
Lock doors and windows
Seems obvious, but thieves aren’t shy about checking to see if your doors are locked and will walk right into your home.
Lock up valuables
Burglars look for cash, jewelry, and weapons and usually go straight to the master bedroom to find them. They will search common hiding spots like drawers, closets and under mattresses.
Consider installing smart, motion-activated home security cameras that can alert you on your phone when they detect motion.
Practice safe behavior when away
Homes are typically targeted when residents are away. Stop mail and newspaper delivery during a vacation, hire someone to mow your lawn, and don’t post your vacation photos or vacation status to social media until you return. Using light timers inside your home can also deter a thief.
Keep a home inventory
If you ARE a victim of a robbery, you should have a list of all your valuables made in advance to file an insurance claim and in order to prove proof of ownership. (Take pictures and save receipts and serial numbers of items like electronics and jewelry before something happens.)
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