Is your home burglar-proof? As an owner of a home security installation company, we often get calls after home owners have been burglarized. At that point they have already lost a great deal. In 2011, the average loss due to burglaries was $2,151, according to the Virginia State Police Crime Report. Let’s not forget the emotional stress of having your home burglarized as well.

Most home security companies will offer security evaluations of your property at no cost and no obligation. A security evaluation from a licensed security company will give you peace of mind and identify ways you can protect your home and loved ones from burglars and intruders.

In the meantime, here are recommended best practices to ensure your family’s safety and well-being:

  • You want to create an environment that discourages burglaries from happening. Why not start a neighborhood watch program? Burglars tend to avoid neighborhoods where there are signs posted stating “Neighborhood Watch Program”.
  • Be careful who you tell when you’re going on vacation. You never know who might be listening in when talking about your vacation plans at your child’s softball game or having your oil changed. Don’t post your vacation plans on social media either. Have a trusted friend or relative pick up your mail/paper or better yet, have your mail and paper deliveries stopped while you’re out of town.
  • Maintain your lawn and yard. An overgrown lawn is a sure tip-off that your home is vacant and is inviting to burglars. Keep bushes and large trees trimmed. Ladders and tools should be locked in a garage or put out of sight so they are not used against you. Make your home look like someone is there even when you are gone.
  • Don’t forget the rear of the house. The number one entryway into a home is through the French doors or sliding doors in the back. If you have an alarm system, put yard signs in both the front and the rear of your house as well as window stickers. This will make a burglar think twice about entering.
  • Lock all doors and windows when you leave your home. If you have an alarm system, use it. It’s a good idea if you are home alone to arm your system or turn on the chime feature which lets you know when someone has entered or exited the home.
  • Install proper lighting outside the home, preferably motion-sensitive lights that come on the minute a burglar steps into the yard. They are immediately bathed in light.
  • The bottom line is don’t make it easy for someone to break into your home. If you do return home to find a window or door unexpectedly open, don’t go in. Go to your nearest neighbor and contact the police.

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