Whether you are a homeowner, renter or landlord, the security of our homes and the safety of the people who live in them is always a main priority. Home burglaries are an unfortunate concern that we all have. Your home can be more susceptible to a burglary than you think. According to the Electronic Security Association, in 2012, there was a home burglary every 15 seconds in the United States and burglars spend less than 15 seconds breaking into a home.
Ask yourself these questions to understand if your home vulnerable to burglary and ways you can prevent an intruder from entering your home:
What floor do you live on?
If you live in an apartment building or multi-family home, you may be more vulnerable to burglary if you live on the ground or first floor. Because the number of entry points that are accessible from the ground is greater than those that can be accessed on higher levels, your home is much easier for a burglar to target than condos or apartments on higher floors. Additionally, if your building has a fire escape, your apartment can be vulnerable no matter what floor you live on.
If you live in a house, you should consider how secure your lower floors are. How many windows do you have that are accessible from ground level? If you have a basement or cellar, are the doors locked? Can the locks on these doors be easily picked or broken? Entryways for cellars and basements are often targets for intruders since they are easy to break open and are away from the rest of the house. Therefore, any noise or commotion may not be heard. It is vital to secure all entryways, not only windows and doors. You should also think about access from all points of your house, including your rooftop. A home alarm system can help increase your ability to secure these points.
Does your building have a doorman, security guard or concierge?
An apartment building with a doorman is much more secure than one without. Doormen regulate who enters the building, decreasing the likelihood of unauthorized visitors.
If your building does not have someone who mans the entry of your building at all times of the day, is there an electronic telecom system? Are the locks on the main doors or the front gate secure? Are there high traffic times of the day when people coming in and out? Depending on the size of your building, you may have many neighbors and visitors coming in and out and never know who has access to your building or your apartment. Being aware of how people can get into your building and who has access to your entryways, you should consider a home alarm system for your unit that includes open/close sensors on your doors and windows.
Being aware of the ways that people can get into your building and who has access to your entryways, consider a home alarm system for your unit that includes open/close sensors on your doors and windows.
Do you live on a quiet street?
Although there is some added security to not living on a highly trafficked street, living on a quiet street may make your home easier to target. Burglars look for properties that have less activity around them so as to not attract any unwanted attention. Since homes on busier streets mean that more people are around to monitor activity, a burglar would have a higher chance of catching someone’s attention. Consider installing a home alarm system or surveillance cameras even in what seems like a safe neighborhood.
Have your windows and doors been replaced in the past 10 years?
If your windows and doors are older and haven’t been replaced or repaired in recent memory, your property may be more vulnerable to burglary. Older windows and doors may easier to break into due to lack of locks, old hardware, or decaying sealing. Whether you have new windows and doors or not, you should consider installing a home alarm system with window and door sensors. If a window or door is opened when your system is armed, the alarm will be set off, notifying you and the alarm system monitoring company.
How close are your neighbors?
When you live in a rural area, your closest neighbors can be miles away, leaving your property isolated and accessible from different points without anyone noticing. In an urban setting, neighbors can be mere footsteps away from you. Consider the proximity of your neighbors when evaluating how vulnerable your home is to burglary.
How often are you or someone from your family at home?
If you travel a lot or work long hours, you are potentially leaving your home unoccupied or your family members home alone. Homes that are frequently unoccupied are often the most targeted by burglars because they can be more easily be scanned and entered without notice. A home alarm system allows you to monitor your home, wherever you are. If you are away from your property for longer periods of time, consider a home alarm system that includes features such as keypad entry, open/close sensors and home automation features such as automatic light switches. By selecting remote monitoring options, you can make it seem as if your property is occupied at all times.
Do you have a vacation home or a rental property?
When it comes to home security, you not only have to think about your primary home but also your vacation homes or rental properties. These properties can be at risk of burglary, especially if there is no one occupying the unit or property full-time. Keep in mind that burglars target any part of a property that may be of value to them, including appliances and electronics. Consider installing a burglar alarm system for your vacation homes that provide remote access and monitoring, so that you can check on the safety of your property and protect it by setting alarms that alert the local authorities, despite when you are located.
By considering your answers to these questions, you may have discovered news ways your home could be vulnerable to burglary. Even in a quiet, seemingly safe area, your home can be targeted. Consider investing in a home burglar alarm system that will keep you, your family and your personal property safe.