Consumers guide to preventing a home burglary.

Your home should be your sanctuary. It should be a retreat from the disarray of the outside world. But what happens when the commotion of the outside world becomes an uninvited guest in your house? Is your home your castle? How safe is it? Your home is where you raise your children, where you grow old, where life happens it is the one place where you have control over who can have access to your family.

Protecting your home should be one of your top priorities.
A typical homeowner in America loses about 2,000 dollars in stolen goods and property damage with each burgalry and this is not including the costs for burglary damage repair. According to the department of justice, homes across America are victims of burglary every 17 seconds. It has been stated that burglars only need 60 seconds to break into most homes. Your smart, professional burglars case their jobs carefully and hit empty homes. Because of this, each of us needs to take measures to ensure the safety and security of our families and homes.

So, what can you do to help prevent residential burglary?
.Security System

One of the surest ways to help to avoid a burglary is a security system. When a security system is present, then it sends a quick message to the would-be intruder that this house just isn’t worth the trouble or the risk, and they move on to an easier target. A burglar who sees a yard sign while casing a neighborhood may never even approach your house, and one who gets close enough to see a security system decal may think twice before trying to enter your home.

Burglars choose homes that have easy access and easy escape; in other words, they choose easy targets. First, make sure to secure and reinforce your door locks-most burglars will enter through the front, back or garage door. The garage door and the back door tend to be the weakest points, and they provide the most cover. Consider installing a heavy-duty one-inch deadbolt lock on all doors.

Burglars like to hide, and darkness only enhances their ability to do so. Some lighting at entry points is something a thief does not want to see. A good option is also Motion detector-equipped lights if you don’t like the idea of having lights on all the time. Putting lights on timer switches is a step up. Lights coming on at dusk and then going off later makes a person think someone is at home.

Your trees and bushes often offer buglers a chance to hide and camouflage. It is strongly recommended to trim down any vegetation, if you are in a home with many bushes and trees, and also if your home windows are visible to everyone.

A final idea would be to have fencing installed that will deter a robber easy access in and out of the home. This can also hold a dog which is a big deterrent for a robber also.
Don’t be a victim! With all of these things and some common sense, you should be able to live your life with more security. If you don’t let your guard down, you should live burglar-free.

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