Nobody wants to have to deal with a burglary. Burglary may seem like one of those things that will probably happen to “somebody else.” But, as pointed out by Calvin’s mom… “we’re all someone else to someone else.”
It’s better to be safe than sorry. But just how do you reduce your chances of being hit by a burglary?
Fortunately, burglaries are a well-studied phenomenon — especially by law enforcement. These studies have identified specific things you can do to cut the risk dramatically. Here are some ideas:
- 34% of home break-ins occur through the front door. Experts recommend investing in a door with a top-quality locking mechanism. (The best ones are those that lock at three points of contact.)
- 50% of burglars will be deterred if you have some kind of video monitoring system for your home. The last thing a thief wants is to have his face caught on camera!
- Unfortunately, signs and window stickers warning of an alarm system do not deter thieves. That being said, 62% of burglars will run away the instant an alarm actually does go off. Always make sure to turn your alarm system on when you leave the house!
- 22% of burglars enter using a sliding glass door or patio door. Make sure these kinds of doors stay locked, and use a solid metal door jammer to prevent forced entry.
- Some thieves use frequency scanners to get into garages. Because of this, it is a good idea to change your entry code regularly. Police also recommend covering your garage windows so thieves can’t see any valuables inside.
As you can see, there are many simple things you can do to reduce your chances of a burglary dramatically! The effort is definitely worth it.