Tips to Make Your Custom Home Secure
Heading out for a late summer getaway? Don’t let a summer burglary ruin your homecoming.
According to Lifehacker blogger Melanie Pinola, most burglaries occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., with August being highest for burglary rates in the U.S. So here ‘s a few points to keep in mind if you’re planning a late summer getaway.
- The typical house burglar is a male teen in your neighborhood — not a professional thief.
- About 60 seconds is the most burglars want to spend breaking into your home. This suggests you only need enough security to thwart a regular person, not a professional.
- In order of percent of burglaries, thieves come in through: the front door, first-floor windows, and back door primarily, followed by the garage, unlocked entrances, and the basement.
- An average of 8 to 12 minutes is all the time a professional burglar typically spends in a home. If a thief does get into your house, you can prevent loss of your valuable objects by making them harder to find than within those 12 minutes.
- While traveling, set up a red herring for possible thieves: Leave out an old laptop the thief can quickly grab and go. Even better: install Prey to track the stolen laptop.
Another site, safesoundfamily.com added this list of 5 burglar deterrents that DON’T work:
- Posting Company Alarm Signs can give burglars information about your alarm company that can be used to bypass your system.
- Professional thieves (and even experienced amateurs) know that most people store their valuables in the bedroom. Instead, distribute your valuables over several hiding holes.
- Leaving the lights on constantly is like a beacon to burglars. Instead, install timers that will flip your lights on and off throughout the course of the day and evening.
- Suspending Mail Delivery – Career burglars stake out your home to learn habits. So, if the mail carrier or newspaper delivery starts bypassing your home – it’s a clear sign that you’re out of town.
- Getting a Big Dog – Big dogs may look scary, but a smaller dog with a loud bark can be a better deterrent.