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How to Stop Burglars from Targeting Your Home

Burglary Prevention

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If you want tips on burglary prevention experience has shown us that burglars like many things (mostly other people’s things)

Thieves prefer two conditions:

  • An invitation, and
  • A fast, easy, undetected entry and exit

Burglary invitations aren’t stuffed into envelopes as are birthday party invites; nor do we hang signs on our doors.  However, invitations are sent and signs are posted which are equally effective. Have you observed the pile of newspapers on your how the mail overflows from his mailbox?

Other Invitations Include:

  • Unkempt Yard.
  • Keys left in your vehicle while you run into the store.
  • Dark or concealed hiding areas.
  • Windows left open when you are away.
  • Notes left on exterior doors explaining where you have gone.
  • The spare house key on top of the door jam. (Did you think no one knew that key was there?)
  • Messages on answering machines stating you are away.
  • An open garage door.
  • Sliding glass door, without auxiliary locks.
  • A house unlit night after night.
  • Privacy fence.
  • Flimsy door latches and locks.
  • Basement windows.

After receiving his invitation the burglar also looks for a quick, undetected entry and exit. He will choose the path which affords him the best chance of not getting caught. For this reason, most burglars work at night.

Other Opportunities:

  • A large shrub in front of a window
  • A dark alley behind the residence
  • A privacy fence around the yard
  • An unlocked door or window
  • A sliding glass door
  • An exterior door without a deadbolt lock

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