With a home burglary occurring every 15 seconds in this country, you may have already been a victim. Fortunately, most items that thieves are seeking such as cash, jewelry, laptops, guns, digital cameras and other small electronics can be replaced. However, a sense of security and peace of mind are much more difficult to recover.
Understanding a burglar’s mindset may prevent your house from being a target. Burglars want to be in and out of your home in six minutes or less. Typically, there is little advanced planning making most burglaries crimes of opportunity. Thieves will skip houses that require too much effort, skill or tools and those appear to be too risky such as those with an alarm system or with an indoor dog. 62% of burglaries occur between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. while most family members are at work or school.
So what can you do to not be an easy target and to slow down anyone who wants to victimize your home?
If you have experienced a burglary, don’t think you are protected from it happening again. Thieves sometimes burglarize the same houses a second time because they know the layout and where the valuables are found. Also, after a burglary, most homeowners will be replacing the stolen goods.
One of the best strategies to prevent a theft is to know your neighbors and agree to watch each other’s homes. Report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood to the police.
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