We all work hard to keep our homes safe from unwanted visitors. We lock everything down, close the blinds, invest in a good front door lock, and buy surveillance equipment to discourage thieves — but even with these precautions, brazen intruders may still attempt to gain entry. Fortunately, most burglaries are easily prevented, a fact borne out by the most recent statistics.
While two million burglaries may seem like an unusually high number, keep in mind that there are about 125.8 million homes in the United States. That comes to about 1.5% — certainly not nothing, but a relatively low percentage in the grand scheme of things.
As alarming as this percentage is, it also suggests that most burglaries can be avoided by simply locking up before you leave home.
Unlike commercial properties, most homes lack surveillance cameras that could record a burglar’s actions. Fortunately, many security companies offer basic surveillance equipment, and even dummy cameras can dissuade some burglars.
Renters and homeowners alike own smartphones, TVs, laptops, and other highly valuable and easily “stealable” items. Even if you’re renting your home, it’s still important to have a good apartment door lock as well as an in-home safe to store your most precious items. It’s also a good idea to keep your valuables out of plain sight, and to shut windows if you won’t be home during the day.
When windows and doors are left open during the summer months, burglars have more opportunities to enter your home. While you might be tempted to leave your bedroom window open while you’re off at work or school, closing it denies intruders an easy entry point.
Protect your home as best you can from this unfortunately common occurrence. Investing in sturdier locks and sophisticated security and surveillance equipment will only make your home safer. Just don’t go overboard (unless you have a few million bucks to spare)!
While this statistic might give you pause, there’s no need for alarm — unless it’s a home security alarm, that is! With the right locks and an effective security system, you and your family can keep intruders at bay. Check your locks (don’t hesitate to reach out to your local locksmith if you need a second opinion!) and always do a security check on doors and windows when you’re leaving your house or apartment.