The FBI reports that a burglary is committed every 20 seconds, with nearly 1.6 million such crimes nationwide annually.
When selling your home, it’s important to protect your home from burglary while the home is on the market. Follow these simple tips to make your home safer and less of a target for burglars.
1. Maintain Your Property
Your goal is to signal to strangers that your home is occupied. Keep walkways clear, remove holiday decorations, and clean up fallen tree branches in a timely manner.
2. Assess Your Home’s Vulnerability
Walk to the curb and face your house. Ask yourself, “How would I get in if I were locked out?” This will bring up vulnerabilities that a thief can find to break into your home.
3. Respect the Power of Lighting
Invest in devices that will make evening lighting automation simple, such as dusk-to-dawn adapters that go into existing light fixtures and motion detectors.
4. Use Technology to Make Your Home Look Occupied
Systems that remotely control lighting, music, and appliances such as a thermostat can help make it appear like people are living in your home, even when they’re not.
5. Yes, it Has to Be Said: Lock Your Doors
You’d be amazed at how many people think they live in a safe-enough neighborhood not to have to lock their doors when they leave. In an incredible 30% of burglaries, the criminals access the home through an unlocked door or window. This is clearly the easiest step to protect your home from burglary.
6. Reinforce Your Locks
A good door lock is nothing without a solid frame. Invest in a solid door jamb and strike place first, and then invest in good locks.
7. Blare the Sirens
A burglar’s biggest fear is having witnesses to their crime. That’s why an external siren is invaluable. Even if you don’t have a functioning alarm system, it’s not a bad idea to invest in fake security signs and post them near your doors to deter thieves.
Source: REALTOR® Magazine