Every year, 2,000,000 home burglaries are reported in the United States. About 30% of these burglaries are through an open and unlocked door or window. The highest percentage of burglaries occur during the summer when people are more likely to leave doors and windows open.
Homes without security systems are 300% more likely to be broken into. Renters are just as likely to be burglarized as home owners. If you can’t afford a home security system, don’t fret. Here are some simple tricks that can help you burglar-proof your home.
Door locks that use actual keys are becoming more and more obsolete for homeowners. Smart locks allow you to open the door using a keypad, finger scan or your cellphone. If you have a smart lock you’ll never leave your key under the mat for a burglar to find ever again! You will never lose your keys again and you will never have to worry about your keys getting in the wrong hands again. Basic models with an electronic keypad cost about $50 and up, and smartphone-controlled versions will cost you $100 and up.
Don’t let your mail pile up. This is a perfect clue for a burglar that you are not around. Burglars will even plant a flyer on your doorstep to see if anyone picks it up. Check your mail regularly or have a neighbor check it if you are out of town.
Burglars are less likely to break in if they see that the TV is on. Well you can’t keep the TV on all day while you are on vacation but you can buy this little gadget. This fake TV uses the same energy as a nightlight, but also works on a timer. This makes it look like someone is home and watching TV and it is only 39.95.
Use a wooden dowel or a metal bar on your sliding doors and windows to keep them from being pried open. This is a good trick if you sleep with the windows cracked or like to prop your sliding glass doors. This will allow you to open them a little without anyone being able to get in.
Just like you don’t want your mail to pile up, don’t let your grass get out of control either. If you let your grass get too high, people will suspect that you are on vacation. Even if you aren’t, you are potentially putting yourself in a bad situation.
You want to make sure that they can’t peek into a window and see that your alarm is unarmed. Make sure there are no mirrors that will give them a good view either. When you decide where to place the alarm, be smart about it.
Burglars don’t usually bring tools with them and they certainly don't bring their own ladder. Don’t leave a ladder pushed up against the wall or any tools lying around that will help them break in. You want to make it harder for them, not easier.
Thieves don’t even need to get into your house to steal from you. They go right to your mailbox, steal your credit card offers, bank statements and medical bills with your personal information on them and can suck your bank account dry. For about $40 you can install a security mailbox to keep your mail out of the wrong hands.