There are many things that make your home vulnerable to burglary, and not all of them are obvious.
No one wants their home to be a target for burglars, but the fact is that some homes are more vulnerable than others. Some things that make your home an easy target are obvious and easy to spot, like leaving the garage door open or the doors unlocked. But, there are many surprising things that can make your home vulnerable to burglary, and the experts at XYZ Security have set out to bring them to light. Here’s our list of surprising things that make your home more vulnerable to theft:
#1. You don’t have an adequate lighting system.
With only about 15 percent of burglars ever being caught, thieves who steal from homes have mastered the art of being sneaky. Burglars won’t try to rob a house that is well-lit because it’s too easy to get caught. But if you don’t have an adequate outdoor lighting system on your home, it makes your home an easier target.
#2. You aren’t careful with your garbage.
Burglars won’t try to break into your home if they aren’t 100 percent certain that there will be a payoff for all of the risk involved. However, if you put the giant box you got from your brand new, 60-inch, 4K television right next to your garbage can, it’s practically an invitation to burglars that your home is worth breaking into. Cash is the number one thing burglars are targeting, but electronics come in at a close second, so if you’ve recently made a large, expensive purchase at Best Buy, and you have the box to prove it, take a few minutes to break down the box and put it into the garbage can.
#3. You advertise your vacations on Social Media.
In this day and age, most of us keep our social media followers up to date on everything going on in our lives, from what we ate for lunch to how we feel about politics, and that includes when and where we are vacationing. While it’s okay to share your favorite moments of your trip with your social media crew, you should make it a point to only do so after you’ve arrived safely home. Even if all of your social media accounts are set to private, there’s no way to be completely sure that only people you know are able to access it.
#4. Your landscaping hides your doors or windows.
A great landscape adds enjoyment to your home, curb appeal and value to your property, but it’s important to make sure that your landscape isn’t impeding the visibility of your entrances. If there are trees or bushes hiding your entrances, it makes it all too easy for burglars to break in without ever being spotted by your neighbors. If you do have bushes or trees blocking your entrances, keep them trimmed away. If that’s not possible without completely removing them, consider installing a visible security camera in that area to discourage burglars.
#5. Your first-floor windows aren’t secure.
Did you know that, after the front door, first-level windows are the most common entry point for burglars? That’s because it’s fairly easy for burglars to jimmy open windows, because many homes have outdated windows. It’s also not uncommon to find unlocked windows in your average home. When the weather is warm, it’s even common to find windows that are cracked open when no one is home. Always make sure your windows are closed and locked when you’re not home. If you have outdated windows on your home, and you’re not thrilled about the idea of spending thousands of dollars to upgrade them, consider investing in a few window jams that will prevent anyone from opening the windows more than an inch or two from the outside.
While an open front door is an obvious vulnerability to burglars, not all vulnerabilities are so obvious. In our next blog, we’ll be going over a few more surprising things that put you at a higher risk for burglary.
Until then, take the first step to a safer, more secure home with home security camera installation in Los Angeles from XYZ Security. We offer a wide variety of options to choose from, so you’re sure to find the right one for your needs. Contact us today to get started.