Nothing seems more like a personal attack on your privacy than arriving home and finding it has been burglarized. As you begin the debilitating task of reorganizing its ransacked state, and attempt to ascertain what valuables are missing, you wonder how they knew when to strike. Often times the homeowner actually assisted the burglar by missing a few crucial home security steps. Read below as I uncover the top things burglars don’t want you to know.
1. One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure
Burglars love to peruse a target neighborhood on trash day to see what empty boxes you have placed on the curb. Electronic and appliance boxes, especially after gift giving holidays, reveal what’s new inside. Going forward, break down your boxes and conceal them in trash or recycling bins.
2. Jungle Effect
Overgrown trees and shrubs around your home offer a burglar excellent entry and concealment of goods cover. Keep shrubs trimmed back as much as possible in locations near windows and doors. Install motion sensing lighting around the perimeter to illuminate dark areas at night.
3. Be In Two Places at the Same Time
What I mean by this is look as if you are home, even when you are not. An uncut lawn, newspapers and/or mail piling up, blinds or window shades not opened, having your porch light on all day, are indicators saying no one is home. Have a trusted neighbor, friend or family member go by to eleviate as many of these indicators as possible. Also, remove your garage door opener from any vehicles you may leave behind in your driveway.
4. Door to Door
All entry doors should be of steel construction with deadbolt locks. Make sure all windows are locked. You would be surprised at the number of burglars who simply gained access through an unlocked window. If you have an alarm system… use it!
5. Social Media Accomplice
Social media apps offer you a convienant way to “check in” your current location. Posting photos, videos and/or comments of your vacation spot is great, but maybe you should wait until you return home to do so. Believe it or not, many burglaries are committed by people familiar with their victims.
6. By Appointment Only
If you are attempting to sell valuable items that someone may want to steal, don’t invite strangers into your home. Many free advertising websites make it easy to reach potential buyers however, thieves also use them to target unsuspecting homeowners. Arrange to meet in a public place, during the day and avoid going alone if possible. If the items you’re selling are to large or bulky for transport, have it moved to your garage for presentation.