How to Deter Thieves
5 tips to help protect your home from a break-in
Invest in an alarm system — and use it
An alarm system is a major line of defense against home break-ins: 60% of burglars said they wouldn’t try and enter a home that clearly had an alarm.
Tip: Make it obvious you have an alarm with window decals and lawn signs. And, notify your alarm company when you’re away.
Always lock up
It can be tempting to leave doors unlocked for easier access to porches and patios. But burglars take advantage of this: 30% of burglars enter homes through an unlocked door or window.
Tip: Don’t skimp on locking up during daylight hours; the majority of burglaries occur between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Don’t leave valuables out, or in obvious places
Thieves typically spend less than ten minutes in a home. They tend to target the master bedroom first, and grab what’s in view — like a laptop sitting out.
Tip: If you keep cash in your home, keep a small amount in an unoriginal “secret hiding place.” Burglars will check there, think they’ve got all your cash, and get out.
Rely on trusted neighbors
If you’ll be away from your home for a longer stint, ask neighbors you trust to help maintain your home’s lived-in appearance. Thieves take note of obvious signs of an empty home, like newspapers piling up at the bottom of the driveway.
Tip: If you’re not leaving a car at home, ask neighbors to park in your driveway for the week you’re away. A car at the house sends the message to stay away.
Insure high-value items
Many homeowners insurance policies have limits on the dollar amount that can be covered for certain items, such as a $1,000 cap for all jewelry. If your special pieces are worth more, consider increasing your coverage.
Tip: The top insurable items that burglars are looking to steal are jewelry and electronics, so make sure yours are insured.