6 Ways People Make It Too Easy for Burglars to Do Their Jobs

Todd’s Note: I really believe that thefts and break-ins are going to get even more common as the economy worsens.  You can see related articles here and here.  This is a guest post with advice that homeowners should take to protect their homes and valuables.

Criminals who rob homes are usually very observant people. They look for lapses in your home’s security that you may not even realize exist. There are a lot of things that you can do to make sure that you are not setting yourself up to be a burglar’s next victim.

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You’re Just Not Paying Attention

Remember how you thought that the kid who was cleaning the gutters across the street looked a lot like the kid that delivered your pizza two days later? The reason is that they are the same person. You should get really suspicious when that same kid shows up the next week claiming to be a delivery person with a large package for you. Criminals will use your own apathy to gain entrance into your home and see what kind of belongings you have. Pay attention to who comes into your neighborhood and contact the police when you see someone suspicious.

You Get Predictable

Every day you leave your house at the same time and then come home at the same time. Your mail and newspaper get delivered at 1:00 pm and sit there until you get home. Try changing things up a bit by installing a mailbox that does not let anyone see whether the mail has been delivered or not. You can also choose to leave for work at different times and even come home for lunch once in a while.

No Home Security System

These days, home security systems are not nearly as expensive as they used to be. You can easily find home alarm systems that are affordable for any size home. Even if you invest in a small system, you will be adding a layer to your personal protection that most criminals will not want to deal with.

You Get Lazy

Remember that door hanger menu that someone put on your front door knob last week? The fact that it is still there tells a burglar that you are not one to pay attention to details. That means that you probably don’t lock your windows and you may even have a door in the back that is always unlocked. The moment you let your guard down is the moment when a burglar will strike.

You Forget About the Weather

The snow that falls in the winter can also get your house broken into. If you go on vacation in the winter, then pay a neighbor to shovel your walk, make footprints going up to your door and leave tire prints in your driveway.

You Forget That Burglars Own Ladders

Many homeowners spend a lot of money to fortify the first floor of their home and then forget about the rest. A burglar who knows that you are out of town can use a ladder just as effectively as the front door.

When it comes to home security, homeowners should never take anything for granted. Stay vigilant and never make it easy for a burglar to get into your home.

This article first appeared on Ed That Matters.

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