How to Prevent Being a Burglary Victim During the 2021 Holiday Season
High Risk Holiday Season for Burglaries
Did you know that during the holiday season you are much more likely to become a victim of a burglary? Longer winter nights are partly to blame, but that’s not the only reason.
The chances of becoming a burglary victim increases by an average of 72 percent in December. In winter months, the peek of burglaries happens right around Christmas and the New Year’s Eve holiday, both December holidays.
In this article, we will give you tips on how you can prevent burglaries. These tips won’t be fool proof, but can certainly reduce your risk of being victimized significantly.
Whether you live in South Carolina like ourselves and our customers, or you live in another state in the United States, these same tips can be applied.
How To Prevent Being a Burglary Victim
Who doesn’t want to prevent tragedy? Who doesn’t want to prevent becoming a victim? Can we all agree that no one deserves to be burglarized?
There are steps that you, the homeowner can take to prevent being the next target.
What these steps entail is what this article is about.
Keep reading to find out what you can do now to keep your home, your business and your family safe during the 2021 holiday season.
Research Like a Burglar!
While some burglaries happen as a result of ‘opportunity’, most burglars do research and recognisance before picking their next target.
Criminals report that they ‘case’ whole neighborhoods to find the quietest streets, the darkest homes and the most desolate corners of the neighborhoods.
They watch for several days, even weeks and notice patterns like when residents leave for work, when they return and they looks for signs of homes that are unoccupied.
If you want to prevent a burglary in your home, research your neighborhood! Drive around at night, or go for an evening walk. Look for darker areas, neighbors with broken front door light and noticed which one your neighbors have security alarm systems!
It’s also recommended to look up the crime rate in your town and your neighborhood!
Think Like a Burglar!
Next, think like a burglar.
By looking at your own home, compared to your neighbor’s homes, what stands out, and what doesn’t? Is your home well-lit at night? Do you have floodlights on timers and sensors? Or it is your neighbors home and yours looks like a better target?
Do your neighbors have a large dog pen in their yard, or home security signage? If you were to burglarize a home on your own street… which one would you pick and why?
Next, look at how close are you to the next street, the next corner and are the streetlights functional? How busy is your street at 11 PM, at 5 AM but more importantly between 10 AM – 2 PM (which is the time most burglaries take place, despite linger night in winter!)
Keep all of these factors in mind as you make a plan to secure your home better!
Try To Break-In In Your Own Home
Last but not least, try to break into your own home.
Weird request? Sure, but go ahead anyway without much planning: go try to get into your own home RIGHT NOW.
Did you find
- a not-so-hidden key?
- an unlocked window?
- an open door?
- easy access through the garage?
- your alarm system activated
Could you see
- neighbors waving at you?
- view of your neighbors windows?
or instead, you couldn’t see your neighbors house and yard – which in turn means they can’t see yours!
By putting yourself in the shoes of a criminal, you will quickly realize how easy to might be to get into your home.
We’ve written several great articles on what you can do to secure your home!
Here are the best resources to get you to take action today.
- How to prevent break ins while on vacation
- How to prevent your bike from being stolen
- Tips on how to prevent and survive a home invasion
- 10 Simple ways to prevent a burglary in your home
- How to keep a burglar out of your home
- How burglars know you have a dog and why they care
- Keeping you and your home safe from burglars