Statistics indicate that three out of four U.S. homes will be burglarized in the next 20 years, according to the Burglary Prevention Council, BPC. The average property loss in a burglary exceeds $1,000, not to mention the damage from vandalism.
Before you head out the door, take a moment to secure your home, using these security tips.
- Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. Doors should have deadbolt locks with 1-inch throw and reinforced strike plate with 3-inch screws. All windows should have window locks.
- Secure your sliding glass door. Place a metal rod or plywood in the track and install vertical bolts to prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.
- Always lock the door to an attached garage.
- Create the illusion that you are home by using timers on lights, radios and TVs.
- Keep the perimeter of your home well lit.
- Never leave clues that you are away on a trip. Have a trusted neighbor collect mail and newspapers while you are away so they do not accumulate.
- Organize a community watch program to protect your neighborhood.