A burglary occurs about every 20 seconds in the U.S., and that’s a frightening statistic. However, a little knowledge and prevention can go a long way in protecting your home and possessions. Here are a few things you should know and low cost-things you can do to keep your home safe.
- Many home burglaries occur in broad daylight.
- Be very careful what you share on social media.
- Keep your shrubs trimmed.
- Maintain the appearance of occupancy.
- Go to a shelter and adopt a dog.
Rather than using the cover of darkness, many burglars prefer to strike in the daytime. That’s when they suspect homeowners are away at work or school. In fact, the hours between 12:30 and 2:30 PM are a favorite time for home break-ins.
Since burglars prefer to strike when no one’s home, they often scour the internet for useful information. So, don’t say anything about your work schedule on your social media accounts. The same goes for travel and vacation plans. Don’t share any travel information online until you’re safely back home.
Don’t provide burglars a hiding place by letting your shrubbery get too tall. If you feel you need a tall plant next to a window, pick something with sharp thorns, like rose bushes or a cactus plant!
If you’re going to be away from home for an extended time, make it appear you’re still there. You might leave a radio playing. Better yet, invest in some timed switches that turn lights on at random hours in different rooms. Most burglars don’t want to break in if they think someone’s home.
That may sound a bit strange, but across America, there are millions of homeless dogs waiting for their “furever” homes. Once adopted, they can be more than your loving companion. Even a small dog can be a deterrent to crime by barking and letting you know someone’s around who perhaps shouldn’t be there.
The best home alarm systems in Chicago
While we hope you find these self-help suggestions informative, in the long run your best home defense is a home alarm system , complete with security cameras and motion sensors. And professionally installed systems are far less expensive than the thieves want you to believe.
For years, Alert Protective Services has provided peace of mind by installing the very best in home security systems, at an affordable price, complete with our own Chicago-based 24/7 alarm monitoring center. Further, our customer service is second to none.
Your home is indeed your castle, and you want to do everything you possibly can to protect it and your family. So, don’t delay. Contact the security experts at Alert Protective Services today to schedule a free security quote. As we like to say, you can’t afford not to make that call!