We’d all like to think that we are pretty smart about keeping our valuables safe in the home. The truth is, most of us get complacent and probably take more risks than we realize. We make common mistakes like leaving cash, costly electronics, and other small valuables in open and accessible locations or leaving our garage door open for extended periods of time. Burglary is a crime of opportunity and thieves count on us slipping up in predictable ways so they can strike quickly and get as many valuables as possible.
Before you become a victim, check out these tips for keeping your property safe.
Think Like a Thief
Take a quick assessment of your home from the vantage point of a thief. Ask yourself questions such as:
- Are there things that obscure windows and doors and provide cover for intruders to enter?
- What valuables are visible from the street, yard, or open front door?
- What valuables are in plain sight in the home on a regular basis?
Once you have identified your risks, take steps to change them.
Never Leave Your Valuables in Plain Sight
Some valuables, like our electronics, become so regularly used that we leave them out on counters where everyone has access to them. Make it a practice to keep tablets and other electronics tucked away and charging in less obvious places. Never leave high ticket items like jewelry on top of dressers. For small valuables, consider a large floor safe that cannot be easily taken in a burglary. Hiding your possessions in everyday objects like books can provide a hindrance to burglars, but remember, most have seen every trick in the book and know to look in books, toilet tanks, and freezers.
Install a Home Security System
According to the FBI, 60% of all burglaries involve forced entry. A security system is a strong deterrent, especially when a burglar is trying to force themselves in past things like door and window sensors, motion detectors, and security cameras. A home security system is the most effective deterrent available.
Can Others tell When You are Away?
Even if you are only going to be away a short time, consider making the home look occupied. Home automation can be a big help in making it seem like someone is physically present which makes your home a less attractive target.
Whether it is jewellry, artwork, or electronics, takes the steps necessary to protect the things that are important to you. If you have any questions about home security, please give Guardme a call. We’ve been in your neighborhood since 1997. Remember too, if you want more tips on home security be sure to like us on Facebook.