Household burglaries are down, but they are still one of the most common serious crimes in the United States. In 2017, there were over 2.5 million reported burglaries.
If you think about it, burglaries are home invasions and that is kind of a scary thing. It is up to you to ensure your home is safe and secure. Bostons Locksmith, your residential locksmith in Beacon Hill, offers tips to make your home more secure.
Secure Your Doors
Before a burglar breaks a window or finds some other way to break into your home, they will check and try the doors first. They are, after all, trying to find the easiest way to get into your home.
For this reason, it is important that you always keep your doors locked. Nearly 25% of Americans make it easy for burglars by never or rarely locking their doors at all times. You also need to lock all of your exterior doors, not just the front door. Check the back door and any side doors to ensure they are locked and secure.
It is also important that you have deadbolts installed on all exterior doors. If you don’t have a deadbolt lock on all of your exterior doors, give us a call.
Don’t Forget the Windows
Burglars love windows as much as they do doors. If all of your doors are locked and secure, they will move on to the windows. So you need to ensure they are secure as well.
One-third of burglars will enter through an unlocked door or window, so don’t forget to lock all of the windows. We get it, you like to enjoy a cool breeze in the summer by opening your windows, just make sure you close and lock them when you leave or go to bed.
Get a Dog
The majority of break-ins happen during the weekday, while you are at work. So you had better figure out a way to keep your home safe while you are working.
A dog can make you feel more secure when you are at home and it will keep your home more secure while you are away.
Larger dogs are threatening, burglars stay away because they don’t want to be attacked. However, smaller dogs also pose a threat to burglars because they bark at everything, burglars hate that.
Secure Your Garage
Garage doors are yet another fairly common point of entry for burglars. They represent about 10% of all break-ins. There are ways to keep your garage more secure.
Take your garage door opener inside with you when you get home, thieves might break into your car in the driveway to access the remote.
Cover your garage door windows to make it impossible to see any valuables you might have in your garage.
Keep your garage door closed as much as possible, this will prevent burglars from scoping out anything of interest they might want to take.
You don’t have to be wealthy to afford security cameras, they are very affordable and easy to install on your own. You can sync your cameras to your phone so you can see what is going on when you aren’t home.
Know Your Neighbors
Get to know your neighbors. You don’t have to become best friends with them, just know them well enough to let them know when you will be gone and to ask them to keep an eye out.
Ask a neighbor to check on your home, get the mail and pick up the newspaper should you still read one.
Think Like a Burglar
You might see a tree in your yard and only think of it as a part of your landscape. But a thief sees that tree and thinks it’s a great place to hide. If you keep it neat and trimmed, it becomes less of a place to hide and more of just a piece of the landscape.
Also, take a good look at your yard at night. Make note of any areas that are especially dark, and install a motion-activated light to make it safer.
See what you can see inside your home. If you can see valuables from outside a window, find a better place for those valuables. You don’t want to tempt anyone who happens to be walking by.
If you would like a more secure home, give Bostons Locksmith a call.