In 2013, 1.3 million residences were burglarized, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Around 60 percent of burglars used forcible entry to gain access to a home, while 30 percent entered through an unlocked door, window or other opening. Burglars don’t just choose a house at random, either. Most will look to see if the home has an alarm system, and most will avoid homes that have a visible security system.
Protecting your home from theft or burglary doesn’t have to be a full-time job. Here are some of the best ways to prevent your home from being victimized.
Install a Home Security System
Installing a home security system is one of the best ways to prevent a home burglary. The trouble is that these systems can be quite expensive. The alternative: purchase a home security sign without obtaining the service. Having the sign makes it less likely that your home will be broken into.
Install Security Window Film
Since the windows are vulnerable entry points, it makes sense to give them an extra layer of protection. Security window film does the trick. This film bonds to the inside of windows, keeping glass safely in place upon impact. Security film offers additional benefits such as reduced solar load, improved climate control and diminished glare and heat gain.
Lock the Doors and Windows
Keep your doors and windows locked at all times. These are the most vulnerable entry points into a home. About 33 percent of intruders break into a room through the front door. Sometimes these doors are locked, and sometimes they aren’t. If you have an old wood or hollow door, replace it with a solid wood or metal clad door.
Make it Look Like Someone is Home
Whether you’re leaving for a short time or an extended period, you should always make it look like someone is home. Leave lights on or set them on automatic timers. Don’t allow deliveries or mail to build up while you’re away. Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you’ll be going on vacation. Also, don’t tempt burglars by leaving expensive equipment in the open.