When creating a security plan for your house, it’s important to make sure you review all of the things NOT to do as well. Below is a list of 10 common security mistakes to avoid:
Hiding a Key in a Conspicuous Area
It’s as American as apple pie—when planning to go out of town, you leave a door under the mat or a potted plant for whoever is checking on your house. The problem is, this is so common that burglars always make sure to check these places first when trying to break into a home. If someone needs a key, give it to them personally. Or, find a hiding spot that is unusual so that you aren’t providing burglars an easy access to your belongings.
Not Locking Doors and Windows
Burglars always look for the path of least resistant. For homes, this means doors and windows. If a burglar is just perusing a neighborhood without a specific house in mind, they will check windows and doors first so see if there is a place where they can spend minimal time to get a big reward. Always make sure to lock your windows and doors, especially when you are out of town.
Forgetting to Lock the Garage
As houses fill up, many people store items in the garage. As we mentioned before, burglars are looking for the biggest reward with the least amount of risk, and often times this means stealing things out of garages. It’s very easy to forget locking up the garage for the night, so make sure this is on your list of things to do before going to bed. Also, burglars are known to steal things out of garages in broad daylight, so make sure to keep an eye on things over the weekend when working in the garage.
Not Having Outdoor Lights
Outdoor lights are a great deterrent for burglars since they prefer to do their work under the cover of darkness. Motion sensing lights are also a good idea for spooking burglars as well as conserving energy. If you’re front and backyards are completely dark at night, you are just inviting burglars to your home.
Forgetting to Stop the Mail or Newspaper While Away
Thieves are great at recognizing signs that a house is empty. This can include no lights on, overgrown grass, newspapers laying in the yard, or mail boxes filled up. If you are planning on leaving your house, even for just a night, make sure to get rid of any signs that you may not be home.
Announcing a Vacation on Facebook
In the age of Social Media, it’s very tempting to post pictures and announce that you are on vacation. Unfortunately, while your friends may be trustworthy, your friends’ friends may not be. Make sure to refrain from posting about your vacation until AFTER you get home. Otherwise, you may come home to a nasty surprise.
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