Statistics show that a burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the United States. That means the odds of it happening to you are probably higher than you may have thought. But by putting yourself in the criminal’s shoes for a moment, you can have a better idea of what to do to reduce your risks of residential burglary. Consider the following:
Most burglaries occur during the day.
It’s not always conventional wisdom, but it is a proven fact according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR). Burglars would rather commit their crimes when no one is home, and daytime is the most likely time for that opportunity. Even your stay-at-home neighbors may be out running errands, and burglars are banking on that.
Most burglars break in through a ground-floor entry point.
Thanks to movies and television, some people believe that burglars enjoy the challenge of climbing into second story windows. The truth is, this rarely occurs. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep upstairs windows closed and locked, but it does mean that the majority of your motion detectors, glass break detectors and door/window sensors should be installed downstairs.
Most burglars look for easy targets first.
That means that some of the first opportunities criminals look for are 1.) vacant houses where copper and appliances can be stolen and 2.) occupied homes with open windows and unlocked doors. A garage door is another very common point of entry for burglars. Make sure your garage door is locked at all times, including any doors that lead from the garage into the house.
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By seeing your home the way a burglar sees it, you can take steps to improve your chances of preventing residential burglary from happening. For information on home security systems that can also assist in this prevention, contact Knight Security Systems today.