According to the United States Department of Justice – an estimated 1.03 million home invasions occur each year. Additionally, approximately 32,000 people are killed during home invasions each year. Here are some things all homeowners should keep in mind in order to ensure the safety of their family and themselves.
According to a report
by the University of North Carolina – 60% of convicted burglars have admitted that in the event they’re made aware a home is armed with a home security system they will chose not to burglarize that home and move onto one without a security system.
Home security systems offer protection not only by alerting police in real time as unauthorized home entries happen, but also providing sensors and other monitoring utilities to home owners that they can take with them on their smartphone.
Many sensors range from glass-breaking sensors, motion detectors, or even gas sensors. They are able to alert you in real time if they are triggered.
Install Reinforced Locks on Exterior Doors
Reinforced locks are able to provide extra protection against someone who is either picking a lock or forcing a door down physically. You can reinforce your door by installing a deadbolt that is separate from the doorknob. Deadbolts are able to provide extreme protection against someone trying to kick in a door as they are made from steel and can twist deeply into the door depending on the length of the deadbolt. You can also install larger strike plates and hinge shields that make it harder to pick the lock with tools, which have been highlighted in this image here.
Try to Make It Obvious You’re Home
Many people going on a road trip or week-long vacations are excited and sometimes post updates on their social media of their travel plans. Homeowners should always wait until they’re home from vacation to post any photos they took abroad. Burglars could potentially find out from your social media that you are not home, thus giving them a big reason to pick your home to burglarize. When you are home, get your mail as soon as possible
. Some burglars check to see how long the mail has been sitting in the mailbox as they try to determine if their victim is home or not. In addition, set up light timers for your lights for when you are not home! This will create the illusion that you are home, while at the same time saving you energy as they’re able to automatically turn off and not be left on the entire time you are away.
Burglars do tend to avoid homes that are equipped with the classic “Beware of Dog” signs – as dogs are noisy and, in some cases, violent against home invaders. Some popular breeds that should be considered for security are:
- German Shepherd
- Bull Mastiff
Home invasions can be scary and, in many cases, destroys the lives of people as they continue to feel unsafe in their own homes after the invasion. Homeowners definitely cannot stop a burglar 100% of the time, but with these tips they can certainly lower the chances of having their home burglarized.