How vulnerable is your home to a break-in? Homeowners in the mid-Atlantic region may be sending inviting signals to burglars without realizing it. See below for five common signs that burglars look for when choosing a house to target.
- Your Home Is Vacant During the Day
It’s a common belief that burglars break into homes during the dark of night. In reality, the majority of break-ins occur during daytime. Why? Because homeowners are out during the day! Long work hours and school days mean homes sit vacant for several hours at a time.
If you can’t be at home during the work day, consider having eyes on your home in the form of video surveillance cameras. The latest wireless technology allows homeowners to watch a live video feed of their home from any personal device, such as a smartphone or laptop.
- Letting the Mail Pile Up
Burglars know when you and your family are gone and unlikely to return any time soon. Common signs include an overstuffed mailbox or a pile of newspapers on the doorstep. If you’re going to be away for a few days, have a friend or trusted neighbor collect your mail.
- Leaving Out a Spare Key
Some homeowners leave a spare key on top of the door frame, under the welcome mat, under a potted plant, or inside a garden rock. Sure, a spare saves the day if you happen to forget your key. However, thieves are well aware of these hiding spots and will search these places too.
- Loud TV or Radio
Some homeowners try to discourage break-ins by leaving the TV or radio on to give the impression that someone is home. Experienced home invaders recognize this trick, especially if the volume is exceptionally loud and no other traces of human activity can be heard.
If you need to keep the television or radio on in your absence, keep the volume just high enough to be heard when at the doorstep.
- Valuables Clearly Out in the Open
Do you often keep the drapes open? From the outside, are valuables easily visible? Can you clearly spot the plasma-screen TV, game console, vintage chinaware, and other valuable decor? Even if would-be burglars aren’t particularly interested in these items, their presence is a dead giveaway that other high-monetary valuables may be inside.
Invest in Home Security
Home security cameras keep a watchful eye on your home when you are not physically present. Their visible presence is a major deterrent against theft, and if a break-in does occur, they can provide valuable evidence to law enforcement.
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