While the number of burglaries has declined most years in the last few
decades, still more than 2 million burglaries were reported in the U.S.
in 2012. This is still a very large number, which is why it’s a
good idea to take some measures that can help prevent your house from
being burglarized. A few simple to implement tips can already stave off
Don’t Make it Look Appealing for Burglars
Most burglaries happen during daytime when people are at work. To prevent
your home from looking like a good target, make sure that you don’t
leave any expensive items in sight, either outside of your house or inside.
Put away expensive items such as bikes, gardening tools, etc. and close
the curtains or rearrange your living area a bit so expensive electronics
such as a flatscreen TV can’t be seen from outside your house.
You can also try to trick burglars into thinking that someone’s home
by leaving the radio on outside, or leaving some lights on at night. Another
good trick is to put up a fake home security box/sign. Many burglars won’t
even try to see if it’s real.
Lock It Up
While this might sounds obvious, statistics show that more than 40% of
burglaries don’t involve forced entry. So check all the windows
and doors in your house if they lock properly and make it a habit to lock
them all before going out. Also don’t leave a key out. Instead leave
it with a trusted neighbor.
Secure Your House
If you still have old, less secure locks on your doors, replace them with
deadbolt locks. Secure sliding doors with locks at the top and bottom
of the doors. Hollow doors should be replaced with solid wood or fiberglass
ones. Try to replace any outside doors that have windows in them.
If you feel like the investment is worth it to you, you can think about
installing a home security system. Prices for home security vary greatly
depending on how complex and advanced the system is, so shop around a
bit to figure out what you need.
Burglary charges are very serious, and you don’t want to be innocently
convicted for them based on circumstantial evidence or no real evidence
at all. If you’ve been accused of burglary, contact The Kyle Law
Firm today for a free consultation. We are here to help you out.