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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.
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.
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!
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!
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
Could you see
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.
We at Strand Security want only two things.
Your Security and your safety. After all, that’s our business!
With having said that, our number one job is to KEEP burglars out of your home in order to keep you and yours safe. There are many ways to do that and we’ve made a handy infographic about it for you share! (see below)
Number ONE on our list is installing a security system with monthly monitoring; we are great advocates because when YOU CAN’T call for help, we can, and help will be on the way regardless of whether you are incapacitated, or not! If you don’t do it for yourself, think about your family members – you do not wish for anyone to go through a home invasion, right?
Prevention, prevention, prevention.
It should go without saying that you do not just display the sign, but you actually have a security system and activate it every night and during the day when you are home or gone.
The long screws will prevent someone from kicking in the door and breaking the deadbolt lock! Check your screws – it’s a simple and cheap fix for a real security breach.
Again, solid wood core doors are almost impossible to kick in. When it’s time to replace doors, choose wisely.
Make sure to instruct your (young) children and teens to do so as well – it’s easy to overlook the kids rooms.
These lights will pop on anytime something, or someone, is trying to approach your home. It’s an easy deterrent and also might alert you to impending trouble.
Make it a habit to lock up at night and check your garage doors!
You certainly don’t want anyone lurking in your bushes, right? Keeping them short and trimmed prevents someone from using your shrubs as a hiding spot prior to a break-in.
Many burglars enter homes without ever having to kick in a door or break a window because they’ve found an even easier way to enter – with the spare key left under a rock! Don’t do that – leave your spare key with a neighbor instead!
Please let us know how we can help you keep your family safe and secure!