How to Keep Burglars Away
According to FBI statistics, property crimes occur every 3.5 seconds in the United States. This includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Now that these statistics have sufficiently terrified you, it’s important to keep in mind that there are ways to be proactive.
Our vLoan team understands that home security is in the forefront of most homeowners’ minds. But, many people ask us: Where do I start? Unless you live in an urban setting, putting bars on your windows won’t exactly help increase the value of your home. And, since not all of us need to resort to that extreme, here are a few pointers to help you move towards keeping the ghouls at bay.
1. Look Occupied: As the holiday season comes into full swing, many families have travel plans in store. While your neighbors may be keeping an eye on the place in your absence, another option is to make the house look occupied. This can be accomplished by installing automatic light timers to turn lights on and off and while you’re away.
2. Change the Locks: If you are a new homeowner, a wise first step once you get the keys is to change the locks. While the old homeowners may have seemed like pleasant people, there is no way to know who else had a copy of those keys before you moved in. So, changing the locks will insure that no unwelcome guest will have access to your new home.
3. Find a better hiding spot: If you leave a house key outside your home, it’s best to make sure it is not easily accessible or in an obvious spot. Any burglar who is looking for an easy way in will likely start with looking for a key in the mailbox, under the mat, or in the ceramic turtle on your door-step. If you’re really trying to keep the monsters at bay, it’s best to not leave your key outside at all.
4. Secure the windows: The sound of breaking glass can wake up an entire neighborhood. However, if a window is left unlocked, this can be a very vulnerable point in your home. Before heading out of town, you should make sure all of your windows are locked. Or, if you are willing to spare the expense, you could also invest in burglar-resistant glass for your windows.
5. Light Things Up: Proper exterior lighting is a great way to discourage any criminal. After all, it’s hard to sneak around in bright lights. Many homeowners find it worth the investment to add lights with infrared detectors that will automatically turn on when someone is in a specific area.
While this is just a small list of some simple steps you can take to secure your home, just taking a few of these actions can pay off. It will keep your mind at peace in knowing that your home is safe and secure in your absence. For more homeowner tips and tricks, please feel free to contact our vLoan team today and talk to a financial advisor.
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