Although you may see your home as a safe place for your family and possessions, the truth is that thefts can happen in any neighborhood. According to statistics from the FBI, almost 2 million home thefts occur every year, with an average loss of over $2,300 for each theft.
It’s possible for an experienced thief to enter any home, but you can help safeguard yourself by taking the following steps:
- Keep all of your doors and windows locked, even when you’re at home. 40% of all home thefts are the result of an unlocked window or door, according to the FBI.
- Get to know your neighbors to keep each other safe. It’s easier for potentially dangerous strangers to stand out if everyone in an area knows one another. You can also form a neighborhood watch group through your local police station to deter thieves.
- Walk through your home from a thief’s point of view. Take note of anything that could be used to enter your home, and hide any valuables that can be seen from the outside.
- Never hide a key to your home outside. Instead, give a key to a trusted friend or neighbor. If you must hide a key, keep it in a combination lockbox instead of out in the open.
- Make it appear as though you’re always home. Most thefts take place when no one is home, so keeping lights or a radio on can help discourage thieves.
- Install a home security system. Many modern systems can even let you monitor your home or change settings through a mobile app.
For more information, contact us at 608-238-2686. We’ll work with you to ensure that all aspects of your home are protected from thieves and other threats.
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