Home burglary causes billions of dollars in damages each year. While St. George has crime rates that are relatively low compared to other similarly sized U.S. cities, there are still hundreds of home burglaries in the city each year. Data from the 2012 FBI crime report shows the average home burglary causes $1,675 in losses.
Better protect your home, your personal belongings, and your family with these five tips.
1. Draw the Blinds
According to FBI statistics, 65% of home burglaries occur between the hours of 6am and 6pm. This makes closing the blinds/drapes important in not allowing criminals a clear view of what’s inside your home.
Also keep bushes, shrubs, and trees trimmed and clear of windows as you don’t want to give would be burglar a place to hide and gain easier entry into your home.
2. Motion Sensors
Motion sensor lighting is an efficient, convenient way to provide light when needed and also is also helpful in deterring criminals. Criminals want to stay out of sight and motion sensors can be a great way to prevent this.
3. Keep Your Whereabouts Off Social Media
Social media is all about sharing but some information is best not placed in public view. Criminals are online too. Be discreet as sharing your weekend outings, travel destination plans, and photos as they can make it easier for criminals to know you’re not home and target your residence.
4. Hide Your Boxes
After the purchase of a new item, don’t draw undue attention to your home by leaving the packaging materials in plain view around your trash or recycling bin. The boxes can let people know what new additions are in your home. This is one reason why December is often one of the busiest times of year for burglaries.
Break boxes down before those with malicious intent can target your new flat screen TV, tablet, video game system, computer or other valuable new addition in your home.
5. Use ‘Sign’ Language
While the latest and greatest alarm system can be a powerful deterrent and protective measure, security signage or “beware of dog” signs can make your home safer. Don’t forget about simple common sense measures such as using deadbolts on doors and locking windows. Having a dog can also serve as a great alarm and criminal deterrent.