Every ten seconds, an American home is robbed. And the losses are staggering for those who must deal with the aftermath of a burglary not just financially, but emotionally as well.
As long as crime rates remain high, so will the cost of insuring your home. However, there is a way to help burglar-proof your home: take precautions. You'd be surprised how a few simple precautions can prevent many residential burglaries.
Many people think that only "wealthy people" have to worry about burglars. Do you have a television? How about a radio? Video camera? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be the target of a burglary.
Another misconception is that burglaries occur only late at night when people are asleep. Most burglars want privacy more than darkness. An empty home at night is a perfect target for a burglar. But, an empty house during the day is preferable to an occupied one at night. As a result, most burglaries occur during the day, while the residents are away at work. Burglars could live in or near your neighborhood and are looking for an easy target from which to get money or goods. They look for empty homes with easily accessible windows or unlocked doors.
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Before You Go on Vacation
Vacation safety rules for home protection are basically the same as everyday precautions. You may enjoy a more worry-free trip by:
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- Using automatic timers to turn lights (and radios and televisions) on and off.
- Asking a trusted neighbor to pick up all mail, newspapers and deliveries daily and to park in your driveway while you are gone.
- Leaving a radio playing, preferably tuned to a talk show with volume low. This will create the impression of a conversation.
- Having your neighbor come into your home daily to change the drapery positions (giving the house a "lived-in" look).
- Keeping your lawn maintained or your snow removed.
- Not publicizing your vacation.
- Removing anything of high value from the house and put it in a safe place while you are gone.
- Notifying police that you'll be out of town so that they can send extra patrols while you're gone.