Home Security: Seven Steps To Protect Your Home From Burglary
The business of home security is one of the most rapidly growing commercial segments in our country. Nearly 80,000,000 people own their own homes and add another countless millions who live in apartments and you have a huge market for home security products such as fake security cameras, window alarms and other products designed to prevent burglary.
For burglars, they see the front doors of homes as entryways to a free payday. The average amount of goods stolen in a home burglary is slightly over $2,000 for a mere 10 minutes worth of work on their part and very little risk with only 10% of all burglars ever getting caught.
The sad thing is homeowners actually contribute to the delinquency of burglars by leaving doors and windows unlocked in close to 50% of all attempted burglaries.
Here are seven steps that you can take that won’t cost much to improve your home security and help prevent burglary.
- Neighborhood Watch-a free program that is extremely effective at deterring burglary. If you don’t have one in your neighborhood, you can start one easily by contacting your local police department-it’s free and easy to do.
- Lock-all your doors and windows even when you’re at home. Unlocked doors and windows make a tempting target for burglars.
- Alarms-inexpensive door and window alarms can frighten away most burglars who are inexperienced at their crime.
- Targeting-don’t make your home a tempting target. Clear areas around lower-level doors and windows to eliminate hiding places.
- Signage-put a sign in your front yard that warns of a vicious guard dog or of a security system in place. You don’t even necessarily need the security system or the guard dog. The burglars will get the message.
- Diversion Safes-protect small valuables such as cash, jewelry, collectibles and even handguns by hiding them in “plain sight” inside hollowed out containers of common kitchen, cleaning or food product containers. Burglars spend no more than 10 minutes inside a house and cannot look everywhere for items of value. Thus the utility of diversion safes.
- Fake Security Cameras-another inexpensive idea is to install cameras that are so realistic looking no one can tell the difference from the real thing. Most of them have red blinking LED lights and some even have motion sensors. The one thing they don’t have is the expensive price tag of the real thing.
Those are seven ideas will help you improve your home security and prevent burglary. Start by doing one or two and add others as your budget allows.
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