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Ways to Deter Your House From a Burglar

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You might know that burglaries happen often, but think it won’t happen to you. But, unfortunately, you just never know what can happen! These actionable steps below will help you not become one of these heartbreaking statistics.

Statistics of Home Burglaries

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Unfortunately, burglaries happen more often than you think.

  • 2,000,000 home burglaries are reported each year in the United States, explains Safe Guard the World.
  • They also explain that about 30 percent of all burglaries are through an open or unlocked window or door.
  • Most burglaries happen during the summer months because people are on vacation.
  • Safe Wise says that a burglary takes place every 18 seconds in the United States.

I am sure all of this was as much of a shock to you as it was to me. Keeping your home protected is extremely important. Implement these tips below into your home right away!

Easy Tips to Keep Your Home Safe From Burglars

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  1. When people place newspapers or flyers on your door step, remove them. If you let them pile up it will look like you’re on vacation which will attract thieves to your home.
  2. Take care of your lawn and landscape. Letting this overgrow can block windows and doors making it easier for burglars to hide!
  3. When you use a ladder outside, make sure to put it back in its place! Leaving a ladder out gives them easy access to higher windows.
  4. Make friends with your neighbors. Have them keep an eye on your home when you’re away and do the same for them.
  5. When you’re going away, place suitcases into your car in your garage so people can’t see you doing this. If you don’t have a garage, do it quickly.
  6. Ask the post office to keep your mail while you’re out of town. This prevents mail from piling up and giving it away that you’re not home.
  7. If you have sliding glass doors, place a piece of wood where the slider is so people can’t break into it easily.
  8. Buy a security, camera, alarm system for your home. If you can’t afford one, place security system stickers around your house to make it look like you have one.
  9. Keep all doors and windows locked at all times.
  10. Walk the exterior of your home to find any weak spots that thieves can break into easily.
  11. Have a fence in your backyard. This keeps unwanted people out of your backyard and makes it hard to get into.
  12. Install light motion sensors around your home. When people step near your home these lights will turn on and deter them from your house.
  13. Ever see those crime watch signs? Start a crime watch program in your neighborhood.
  14. Secure all of your valuables in a secret place so they are not easily found.
  15. If you’re away, hold off on posting pictures on social medias until after you get back home! You don’t want people knowing that your house is vacant.

Follow These Tips

Be safe rather than sorry and take these into action right away. Your family, home, and important possessions are counting on you!