Nearly 66% of burglaries are residential break-ins. Avoid being an easy target for a home intrusion by ensuring that you are not making these 5 common home security mistakes.
- Unlocked Doors and Windows
This one is a give-in, yet we find that customers need a friendly reminder, especially in warmer climates, such as areas of Texas, or for families with children and teens going in and out of the home. Make a habit of checking windows and doors, especially before heading out and before bedtime.
- Low Cost Doors and Locks
An estimated 70% of residential break-ins start from the front door. In the event of a burglary, low cost locks and flimsy doors make it easier for a motivated thief to access your home. Opt for a strong, solid door and high quality deadbolt. The extra cost will provide peace of mind over the years.
- “Hiding” a Spare Key
Welcome mats and rocks come to mind when hiding your key for the neighbor or pet sitter, but those locations also come to mind for a prospective burglar. If you can’t avoid hiding a key, add a degree of difficulty for a home intruder and be creative with the location. Or even better, secure your home with a keypad lock and eliminate the need for keys and spare keys altogether. Gain peace of mind and change your lock code at any point for added security.
- Showing Off Your Valuables
Take the time to break down those electronic cardboard boxes before putting them out to the curb to prevent your home from being selected for a premeditated burglary. In the evening, when window peaking is easiest for intruders, simply move mobile valuables to better, concealed locations, such as your laptops, tablets, phones and cameras. Close curtains to protect larger investments, such as art and furniture. Just a few extra steps will protect your family and help your house to appear less desirable for a quick grab and snatch.
- Sharing Vacation Details
In this age of social media, updating your status with an image of a white sand beach or powdery ski slope is tempting, but also indicates that you’re currently enjoying your time away from your home. Being discreet about your current location is helpful to prevent a home intrusion.
These are the most common home security mistakes we come across as Hawk Security, but this list is not conclusive. Arming your home security alarm system and thinking from an outside-in perspective will help prevent a potential home break-in.