According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, burglary accounted for nearly 22 percent of all property crimes committed in 2007 and cost victims an estimated $4.3 billion in lost property. But your home more than a shelter for valuable possessions; it also protects your family. Unfortunately, some homes are more attractive to burglars than others based on appearances, alarm systems, and homeowner behavior. So, what can you do to keep your family safe and avoid the shock of finding your home burglarized?
Here’s how you can make your home less appealing to burglars:
- Install storm windows around your home. Since they are double-paned, they are much more difficult to break than standard windows.
- If your home is equipped with a monitored alarm system, post visible deterrents such as signs and stickers (which are typically available by your home security system provider). Also, install motion-activated lights in strategic corners around the exterior of your home.
- Use automatic timers to turn lights on and off when you aren’t home. This will give the impression that someone is home and should deter burglars from attempting to break in. Also, remember to draw curtains and blinds at nightfall.
- After purchasing new appliances or electronics, unload them in a closed garage and dispose of any packaging discretely.
The best thing you can do to keep your family safe is to install a home security system like those offered by Alert Protective Services. With nearly 30 years in the home security industry, Alert Protective Services has become Chicagoland’s top choice for home security systems. We can even monitor your existing alarm system for less than $1 a day! To learn more, contact us online or dial (773) 685-8383.