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How to Reduce the Chance of a Break-In

According to reports, residential break-ins occur once every fifteen seconds, with the average homeowner losing approximately $2,230 worth of possessions. Unfortunately for most homeowners, their homes are not properly protected, and thieves usually get away because of it.

Even if you think the area you live in is safe, it's been reported that many burglars live close by and often try to learn the regular routines of the homeowners whose home they're interested in. Regardless of your location or relationship with fellow neighbors, there are some precautions you should take to keep your home safe.

While it's not easy to capture those people who are attempting to break into your home, it can be much easier to protect your home and to stop the break-in before it occurs at all. To learn how to reduce the chance of a break-in on your property, consider the following tips:


1. Start or Join a Neighborhood Watch

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If you want to keep all of the houses in your area safe, a neighborhood watch is a great place to start. Starting a neighborhood watch allows you to include other neighbors who are worried about safety or who want to make a positive contribution to the area where they live.

Depending on where you live, you may need to start a group or there may already be an existing watch. This kind of volunteer work includes discussing the neighborhood's current status and how you can improve its safety and spread the word about current news or things to watch out for.

If there is any suspicious activity going on in the neighborhood, members can report it back to the watch and notify the proper authorities, as well as other homeowners. This kind of team effort is very helpful, especially for those homeowners who do not have a quality security system.


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2. Double-Check All Windows and Doors

Burglars in the movies may have elaborate ways of breaking into homes, but, in real life, thieves are most likely to walk right in your front door! Homeowners who are not diligent about locking their doors and windows make themselves a much larger target for break-ins, and leaving these areas unlocked makes them the most common place a burglar will use for entry.

This is especially true in the summer months when we often prefer fresh air and everyone is constantly going in and out of the home. Increase your safety by locking these access points before bed or if you intend on spending most of the day outside in the backyard.


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3. Install a Security System

The increased peace of mind that a security system offers is unmatchable. In fact, a home without a security system is 300 times more likely to be broken into than a home with an installed system. Not to mention, if your home still gets broken into, it's likely the authorities will respond much more quickly, and you may also get a video or photo of the thief in action.

If you're worried about the security of your home, invest in a modern security system. These systems will allow you to access information from your phone or iPad, view your cameras, and even change the home's temperature no matter where you are. This kind of investment often deters burglars, who will either avoid the protected home or give up under the impression that someone is at the house.

 

4. Keep the Home Looking Busy

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As mentioned earlier, modern security systems can be very helpful in creating the illusion that someone is inside of your home. For example, with the power to change your home lighting from work, you can turn on certain lamps in front of windows or in bedrooms to discourage burglars.

Another great tip is to stay on top of home upkeep. This means cutting the grass, checking the mail, and updating the exterior dŽcor. In doing this, burglars won't assume that you've been gone a long time, and they won't be able to go through your mail for tips.

By creating the illusion that the home is always occupied, burglars will likely try other homes with less movement. Other things you can do include keeping cars in the driveway, investing in a motion sensor exterior light, and keeping blinds closed at night.

Don't be the only house on the block that gets broken intoĐyour home is full of your favorite people and things, so it makes sense to invest in its protection! Be sure to browse all of the security options you have for an affordable, dependable system that caters to your specific homeowner needs.

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