Each year there are roughly 2.5 million burglaries. One burglary every 13 seconds, 66% of which are home invasions. Unfortunately, only about 13% of these reported home invasions are solved due to lack of evidence.
These numbers are out there not to scare you, but to help you to understand their importance and the importance of home security. Knowing your home and what areas to properly protect are pertinent for avoiding a break in. Being the main entrance, the front door is statistically the most common place. That being said, it is very important to keep the front door locked. Having a home with high exposure to a busy neighbourhood can deter someone from making an attempt to get through your front door, but what about the back door?
As simple as they may be, motion sensor lights can be extremely deterring. Depending on your settings, motion sensor lights remain on for about 20 seconds at a time. These lights are relatively inexpensive and very simple to install, and could potentially even save your home. In the moment, an intruder can’t be sure if the light is human powered or if they are automatic, giving the homeowner more of a chance of steering them away.
A fence is another great tool to keep potential burglars out of your backyard. Though any fence is better than no fence, the taller or harder to climb, the better. Having a lock on the gate is another tool to make your fence even more fool proof.
As great as motion lights and a fence may be, your best bet at deterring a burglar is ultimately a monitored alarm system. Having cameras that cover the perimeter of your home are the best bet to be able to identify someone lurking on your property. When you have a security system, let its presence be known. Do not hesitate to put up window decals along with the lawn sign provided by your home alarm company. By the time a potential intruder notices signs or cameras, it is likely they will have already been caught on video and will not even make an attempt to enter the home. UNC Charlotte School of Criminal Justice found that 60% of convicted burglars reported looking for cameras before moving forward, while 40% reported that the presence of cameras led them to seek an easier target.
Do what you need and take the necessary steps to secure your home. In the month of May, home security company Think Protection is giving away a free outdoor camera with the purchase of any package. Make the move to secure your home today.