Your home should be a place where you can feel comfortable and safe. Unfortunately, break-ins are the most common threat to your home, according to the FBI. Every 13 seconds a break-in is committed! A burglary can leave entire families feeling victimized and vulnerable. Cash, electronics, jewelry, power tools, and firearms are the most commonly stolen items. Look around your Detroit home and take into account how many of these items are in your house or garage. There are steps you can take to help keep your home and valuables secure and stop burglaries from occurring.
Doors and Locks
The best way to keep your valuables safe is to store them under lock and key, starting with your doors and windows. One way to make your door lock more secure is to use hardware that reinforces the door jamb and strike plate since some burglars use force to break in. Inside of your home, use a quality safe deposit box for smaller items such as jewelry and a safe for guns or larger items. Use the pre-drilled holes and fasteners to secure the safe to the floor in a hidden location.
Motion-sensors and outdoor lights are another simple way to deter burglars. If you have exterior lights, then make sure they are placed high so a burglar can’t just reach up and unscrew the bulb.
There are many do-it-yourself home security systems and some of them can be monitored right from your Smartphone or digital device. Of course, there are also the traditional home security systems that usually have an installation fee and monthly contract. Whatever one you have chosen, make sure to activate your security system when you are away from home.
One other way to keep your home from being broken into is to manicure the lawn and shrubbery. Thieves may bypass a home where there isn’t very good coverage provided by trees and shrubs.
Here are a few more statistics from the FBI to keep you thinking about the seriousness of break-ins and how you can take action:
According to the FBI a burglary is classified as the use of force to gain entry, unlawful entry where force is used, and attempted forcible entry.
- In 2010, there were an estimated 2,159,878 burglaries
- Burglaries of residential properties accounted for 73.9% of all burglary offenses
- The average dollar loss per burglary offense was $2,119
You can never be perfectly safe, but you can keep your Detroit home more secure by using the aforementioned burglar deterrents! Your home and especially your family are invaluable assets that deserve to be protected.