In 2019, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), US citizens endured 1,117,696 burglaries. These invasions of privacy cost victims roughly $3 billion in damages. To reduce the risks of joining these statistics, there are a number of mistakes everyone should avoid.
First and foremost, reconsider the advice to leave your lights on when you’re not home to make people think someone’s there. This is a mistake, as most experienced burglars are aware of this trick, and the smart ones will carefully plan their break-ins around our busy schedules. Additionally, burglaries don’t always occur at night.
Many burglars have stated that closed blinds also make a more inviting home, but if there’s a TV or radio on, they’re less likely to attempt a break-in. Keeping cars in the garage can also attract thieves; vehicles in the driveway can be strong deterrents according to a number of burglars.
Another common mistake to avoid is posting your security company’s name on your home or property, as many burglars are familiar with these systems and may know how to bypass them. Many people also turn their alarms off while they’re home. Don’t be those people; leave your alarm on at all times to protect yourself best.
For additional information on common mistakes that can lead to burglaries, check out the following video from Warrior Poet Society:
One popular misconception is that keeping valuables and important documentation in the bedroom is best. However, this is the first place most thieves search. Check out where you should store personal documents. Be sure to follow these tips from a Navy SEAL and prepare your family against home invasions.
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