Interested in home theft prevention? According to the FBI's latest report, there were more than 1.1 million burglaries in the United States in 2019, with victims estimated at $ 3 billion in losses (the average loss per burglary was $ 2661).
As your loyal protection partners, the experts at Frankenmuth Insurance share ways to stay safe, starting with tips for creating a home inventory. By implementing this proactive precaution, you will be able to review the inventory and easily identify what, if anything, was taken during a burglary. Then, with the most accurate information, you can start a conversation with your independent agent.
Take an active role in preventing theft in the home by exploring these 1
- Lock doors and windows. Believe it or not, 34% of burglars enter through the front door and a total of 81% enter through the first floor. This tells you that most thieves are looking for easy access, so try to make your home harder to get into. The easiest way to do this is to close and lock your doors and windows before you leave (even if it's just a quick trip) and before you go to bed.
- If necessary, replace lock. Did you change the lock when you moved into your home, apartment or flat? If not, take a second to think about how many copies of your key could have been made and distributed. To ensure that strangers cannot enter your home, despite a locked door, change locks, install a dead screw and add a strike plate – these items can be purchased from your local home improvement store or online retailer. You may also want to upgrade to a smart lock or increase security with a video doorbell.
- Reinforcing sliding doors. Usually sliding doors have locks that are not as secure, so we suggest that you install a safety bar in the grooves and / or use a transparent safety film. This makes it almost impossible to break the glass and enter the home. The Insurance Information Institute says that if it takes a thief more than four or five minutes to break into a home, he / she will go elsewhere.
- Change your keyboard OR change your password. After extensive use, your keypad may wear, making your code easier to crack. Fading numbers and / or letters will make your combination visible to criminals, which is why we recommend changing keyboards frequently. An alternative is to change the password regularly.
- Enhance outdoor lighting. Knowing that most thieves will skip well-lit homes, review your outdoor lighting and remember that brighter is better. Do you have lights by your garage, porch and back door? Around your garden and along some walkways? If you stumble across dark spots, you may want to add a light. And for your convenience, consider smart light bulbs and / or timers, as well as motion sensors. Triggering of light when it is most important, a motion sensor will literally shine a light on crime, which (hopefully) sends intruders in the opposite direction.
- See it from their perspective. Find time for a quick experiment: Open all your curtains and blinds, especially on the first floor, and then go outside. Walk around your property and write down what is visible and where. Because if you can see expensive electronics and / or other valuables, so can criminals. To remove the temptation, you may want to make small adjustments to move objects out of sight. If this is not an option, simply keep the shades or buy a privacy film. Note! Open windows allow thieves to take an inventory and see the layout of your home.
- Secure your Wi-Fi. If you use smart devices, such as mobile phones and tablets, it is important to keep hackers out of your home network. You need a strong security system. Otherwise, criminals can gain direct access to your stuff and your house. To ensure that electronics such as video doorbells, smart locks and lights cannot be tampered with, secure your wireless router, install antivirus and anti-malware protection and create passwords that protect your personal information. Bonus reading: Discover six things a cybercriminal can learn about you online.
- Plant thorny shrubs under your window. Of course they add beauty. But they can also deter burglary. More than likely, it is less likely that a thief will try to break in and get in if they can injure themselves in the process. As an extra precaution, you can cut down plants and trees that can be used to cover.
- Breaking boxes. Talk about appeal. While recycling your boxes can seem like an environmentally conscious process, it can also serve as an open invitation to curious thieves – who now know exactly what to look for. Fortunately, this solution is fast. When you buy a big ticket item, make sure that the box it came in is divided and bagged. Or drive it to a local recycling center so that your more expensive purchases remain secret.
- Keep your car keys by your bed. Keep your keys within reach of the arm instead of on a wall-mounted hook at the door. If you then hear something suspicious or suspect a possible burglary, you can press the panic button to sound the alarm and scare intruders.
- Get to know your neighbors. In close-knit communities, neighbors are more likely to look out for each other, and it is often easier for them to spot a stranger. Thus, it is obvious that with a few extra sets of eyes, there may be minor crimes.
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