Getting your home ransacked by burglars is one of the most devastating incidents that can happen to you. Aside from the damage and items lost, the feeling of your house being unsecure can be traumatizing or nerve wrecking.
This is the reason why being informed is one of the best defense you have against any negative situation.
Basically a Home Invasion is a crime which involves a forceful entry of a home, regardless if the occupants are present or not. Criminals who break into homes have bad intentions to say the least. They will rob, assault, rape or threaten the occupants if they are present.
A Residential Burglary on the other hand is a bit different story than what a Home Invasion is. This generally happens during the day time when people are at work or is busy doing something else.
Installing a home security system is the best and most effective way to counter this problem. It is said that 95% of home owners who have installed a security system is very satisfied with it. Aside from installing it one should also know how to operate the system. While almost everyone who installed a security system is satisfied with it, only 46% of security system owners are confident that they know what they are doing.
Installing a home security system usually discourages burglars. For them it might not be worth the risk they take trying to break in to your house.
According to a specific law enforcement agency, a burglary happens every 15.4 seconds somewhere in the US. With the help of much more advanced home security system, the rate of burglaries worldwide has dropped by approximately 50% over the past decade.
They also said that most or about 87% of these instances were preventable.
Residential areas are the most vulnerable places to this type of crime and most of the time, the main reason why criminals break into houses is to steal.
- Electronic devices (Smart Phones)
The cost and benefits of a security system usually varies depending on what you install.
You should know that the average damages a home burglary usually cost about $1000 in damages not including the items that were stolen. The cost of a common home security system is on $99 for installation and a $30 monthly fee. You can also save up to 20% on your insurance by installing a security system.
Well, after reading the information, it’s safe to say that there is no easy way for you to protect your home. Let’s discuss how burglars act and how you can counter their actions.
About 22% of the time, criminals use the back entrance to gain access to your home. To counter this, one should use good lighting and avoid too much things that criminals can use to hide at the back of your house.
2% gain access through an open window on the second floor and 23% from first floor windows. This is why you should keep your windows shut whenever you’re busy doing something out back or when you go on an errand. If you really need to open up your windows, make sure that you have a lock and only open it about 6 inches wide.
4% of the time, burglars enter through an unlocked entrance on your house. This might surprise you, but 34% of burglars enter through the front door. One should always check all the entrances and make sure that everything is locked. It is also important to double check the garage of you home because 9% of the time burglars enter through this area. It is always to keep your car locked even when it is safely parked inside the garage.
Just remember these are only tips, safety and security always depends on you. Always be mindful of the things in your home. Lock away any valuables that you leave in your home for additional protection. Knowing is the first part of the battle, once you know you can formulate your own ways to keep a burglary from happening. Have a great day ahead!