There are a number of things you can do, as a home owner, to thwart burglars, according to our friends at Trusted Choice.
A good home security system, for example, can go a long way toward preventing a break-in attempt from being successful.
BurglaryÂ in the United States
- About two-thirds of burglaries occur in homes, and about 62% of those happen between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Only about 15% of stolen property is recovered
- An average burglary results in about $1,600 worth of stolen property
- A burglary occurs about every 15 seconds in the United States
Tips for Keeping Your Home Belongings Safe from Theft
You canâ€™t keep all of your valuable possessions locked in a safe. There are other ways minimize your risk of break-ins, according to our friends at Trusted Choice. For example:
- Do not keep expensive possessions such as electronics where they can be plainly seen from outside.
- Always secure sliding windows and doors, especially when youâ€™re gone.
- Secure the yard by keeping foliage away from doors and windows. Trim bushes so they donâ€™t give intruders a place to hide.
- Contact your local police to find out if they offer a security evaluations.
- If youâ€™re leaving on a trip, tell only those who need to know.
- Make sure to lock the house whether you are at home or away.
- Do not hide spare keys in the yard or garage. Consider leaving them with a trusted neighbor. Or install a secure access through your garage that requires a keycode to enter.
Most of the time break-ins involve theft of small appliances, jewelry, and expensive tools; anything that is small and expensive makes an attractive target. When you can, keep these things locked up, or at least out of sight. Store jewelry in a safe or lock box, for example, and make sure expensive tools are secured in a locked toolbox, the garage or a shed. Finally, make sure you have adequate burglary insurance in your home or renters policy, so you can be compensated if and when you do experience theft.