It takes less than 20 minutes for a burglar to break into a house. In the US, there are 4800 break-ins every single day! I’m trying to say that your house might be on the line.
So how is your house security? Interestingly, 34% of burglars enter a house through the unlocked front door.
Having a security expert from home-security.com assess your house security can help make your house a fortress. But, before that, here are five surprising facts about residential burglary.
- 34% of Burglars Break In Through the Front Door
It sounds odd, but it’s true; most people forget to lock their front doors, and burglars love this. For others, the front doors lack the required security, e.g., a glass door with a lock-in knob can be easily jammed or opened by a kick. Some burglars even break the glass and unlock the door from within.
- Have a solid front door and install a heavy-duty lock system. Avoid a glass front door; install a smart lock.
- Installing alert bells or motion sensor cameras at your front door can also help dissuade burglars from breaking in.
- Your Newspaper Pile Will Attract Burglars
When you’re on vacation, have someone collect your newspaper at the door or invite your friend to stay in your house. Most burglars keep an eye on their target to master their routines and find the best time to steal. They will mark the time you leave for work or school and the time you’re at home. Your un-mowed lawn or newspaper pile may show that you’re away.
- Change your schedule. It will make it harder for a burglar to master your routine.
- Leave the lights on, or ask a friend to keep an eye on your house while you’re on vacation.
- Install cameras with motion sensors and an alert system connected to your phone or laptop to alert you in case of an intruder.
- Residential Burglary Happens During Daytime
Think about it, when are you mostly away from your house? It’s during the day when you’re at your office or school. Most break-ins occur between 10 am to 3 pm.
- Join the neighborhood watch group or create one with your neighbors to safeguard each other’s house if one is away.
- A Home Security Will Always Deter Burglars
According to research by the University of North Carolina, 60% of convicted burglars confessed they would avoid breaking into a house they suspected to have a security system.
It’s best to have that red warning sign, “this-premise-is under-CCTV-surveillance,” where all can see it.
- Burglary Can Take Less Than 20 Minutes
A burglar will always target a house with fewer obstacles; a house he can easily break into, take whatever he finds, and flee unnoticed. Houses with unlocked doors or windows or without any home security system, such as an alert bell or cameras, are easy targets.
Always ensure you lock all the doors and windows before leaving the house.
Have appropriate security devices installed to make it as hard as possible for any burglar to break into your house.