In today’s world, we have so many unique ways to express ourselves through technology, social media, accessories, and more. We don’t think twice before posting that status update or adding an accessory that may actually increase the chance that we get robbed. Studies show that most burglars are opportunists- they are most likely to break-in to somewhere easy to enter and leave. Are you unintentionally helping a burglar break in to your house?
Bumper Stickers and Car Decals
We all love to decorate our cars with funny bumper stickers, college logos, and even little family portrait decals. This is totally fine, but just be extra cautious of these when traveling outside of your city of residence. If you have your College or University name displayed on your car in a city relatively far from the location of the school it can alert a burglar that you are out of town or not familiar to the area and could make you a better target for them.
*For proud parents who love to display bumper stickers stating their child goes to a college, be careful when you leave you car at home while traveling.
Mail, Newspapers and Package Deliveries
While you are away on vacation having a great time, the mailman still will be doing his job and if you aren’t careful your mail may start to pile up, indicating that you are out of town and away from your home. To a burglar, this signals a perfect opportunity to break into a house. In addition to house break-ins, thieves may also steal packages left on your front porch if they think it may contain something valuable or profitable. A great way to avoid these situations is to have a neighbor or a friend pick up your mail for you and store it for you until you return.
Many of us love to decorate our front and back yards with flowers and other plants. If you are planning to do this, or already have a good amount of greenery, be aware whether or not the plants obstruct a possible entry to your house including doors and windows. Burglars prefer houses with any sort of high vegetation, like trees or shrubbery, covering your windows and doors because this ensures that neighbors and passerby’s won’t notice them as they try to enter your house.
Alarm System / Security Cameras
Not having an alarm system or security cameras installed in your home is one of the biggest mistakes you can make, and one of the easiest ways for a burglar to get away with a break-in. Keep in mind that burglars are generally pretty familiar with security cameras and will most likely be able to tell if it’s a fake so it is in your best interests to invest in a real, good quality security camera system. With today’s technology, you can sync your different alarm systems and other applications to your phone. This allows you to control the devices from any location and helps prevent break-ins.
Even though you can be cautious and reduce the risk of burglary by controlling the information you put out in the public, there will always remain a possibility that you still may get robbed. Because of this, we always recommend that you look into home insurance or renters insurance and make sure you are covered.
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