Being a victim of a home burglary can be a very traumatic ordeal. Enhancing safety in the home will help you prevent the chances that you become a victim of a home burglary.
Taking steps to evaluate and correct potential safety concerns in our home is something most people overlook because they don’t expect to be a victim of a home burglary or home invasion. If you or someone you know have been a victim of a home burglary or home invasion, then you know the emotional toll victim’s experience as a result of these types of crimes. A heightened sense of awareness or becoming proactive in their home and personal security often occur after a crime; not to mention the fear, anxiety, sense of having your personal space and home violated and other serious emotional issues they face, often for years.
Nobody wants be a victim of any type of crime, but, to prevent crime and ensure safety in the home, as well as our personal safety, we need to evaluate the current security of our home by thinking like a crook. Home burglary happens everywhere; there is no such thing as a ‘safe neighborhood’. Being vigilant, aware and using commons sense will all go a long way to deterring and preventing a home burglary or home invasion at your house.
The key to preventing a home burglary is being vigilant. Pay attention to what is going on in and around your home and neighborhood. If you see anyone that ‘looks out of place’, ask them what they are doing there, politely. Criminals will often pose as repair or delivery men trying to gain access to homes. If someone comes to your door, do NOT open the door. Talk to them through a closed door-find out who they are, why they are there and ask for identification. If you aren’t expecting them, call the company they represent and verify they are who they say they are. If they can’t be verified, call the police.
Look at your house from the outside, as a potential criminal would. What easy opportunities for gaining quick, unnoticed access to your home do you see? For example, does your home back up to an alley or common area? This provides easy access to the back of your home and perhaps unnoticed access. If possible, build a wall to make access more difficult. Install a home video surveillance camera system and have at least one camera covering this point of access. Do you have a shed on the side or back of the house? If so, don’t leave it unlocked; gaining access to tools in the shed could make entry into your home even faster and easier. Having a home security alarm system installed by a professional company adds an effective layer of security for your home, as well as giving you a sense of safety and peace of mind. Protecting your home and property is a wise decision; protecting your life and the life of your family should be a ‘no brainer’.
Criminals are opportunistic, tricky and they look for quick, easy targets. For example, if you provide personal information on a social media website, such as your marital status and address, then you use a ‘check in’ app, criminals know exactly where you are, which isn’t at home. If they also know you are single, they know that nobody else is at your home. Be very careful what information and with whom you share your personal information on line. Employers, potential employers use social media sights to learn about you, so do criminals!
According to the FBI, 60% of home burglary occurs in the daytime. Why? Because criminals know that most homes are vacant because we are at work or school. Don’t leave a spare key hidden around your home. As cleaver as we think we are, criminals will find them and gain quick, easy access to your home. Criminals don’t like to draw any attention to their activity. Having a pet can be a deterrent against a home burglary because burglars don’t want the noise of a barking dog to alert neighbors that something is disturbing the animal. Your best crime prevention tool is a home security alarm system; but, be sure you have the alarm monitored and you USE it. It means communication with your neighbours about the possibility of home burglary; it means opening your eyes to crime prevention and not assuming home burglary will never happen to you. It means taking some or all of the measures that have been described in this article to protect your security.