April is Informed Woman Month, a time dedicated to empowering women to become knowledgeable in all aspects of their lives. Knowledge is power when it comes to helping to make your home the safest place it can be. Both men and women can benefit from learning more about the precautionary methods they can use to help protect their homes.
Getting to know your local area can be very helpful as you become more informed about home security. If you are new to an area, calling the local police and asking about your neighborhood can be helpful. If you’ve been in an area for quite some time, you can still benefit from keeping up with local news and crime reports. Neighborhood Crime Watch groups have also been observed to be an effective method in helping keep communities safe. Here’s why it’s a good idea to join a Neighborhood Crime Watch.
According to 2013 National FBI statistics, a burglary happens once every 16.4 seconds. The average losses in a successful home burglary added up to $2,315! The frequency of these crimes makes it particularly important to take steps to safeguard your home against burglars no matter where you live.
Being informed about some simple tips can help to protect you from becoming a victim of a break in or theft.
- Lock your doors and windows.3 % of 2013’s burglaries, as noted by the FBI, were not forced entries, which mean burglars simply entered the home through a door or window that was left open. It seems so simple, but keeping up with the basics can be very helpful.
- Don’t be an easy target. Burglars will try to figure out your patterns from when you get your mail to when your lights come on and off. Certain differences to your patterns will allow them to take note when you are away. When you are away, make sure that it looks like you are home by not letting mail pile up, keeping your lawn trimmed and automating lights to turn on and off.
- Be a good neighbor. Getting to know the people around you can be very effective in terms of protecting your home. When you build trust with your neighbors, they are more likely to pay attention to your home and take note of anything suspicious. Notifying a trusted neighbor that you are leaving town can give you some peace of mind that your home won’t go unnoticed.
- Consider a security system. Research has proven again and again that security systems act as a deterrent to In 2013, researchers interviewed convicted burglars and found that over half of them would avoid homes if they saw evidence of an alarm system. An additional 30 % of the convicted burglars said they’d stop a burglary attempt if an alarm sounded.