Did you know that there are over 2,000,000 reported burglaries each year? In the U.S., a home is burglarized every 13 seconds! The highest volume of burglaries occur in the summer months and only 30% of the time access is gained through an unlocked window or door.
That means that 70% of the time, the burglar is breaking in, forcing their way past your locked window or door. Statistics show that the typical break-in is conducted by someone that is desperate, doing this for the first time and using pliers, a pry bar, or a small hammer.
What can I do about this?
There are lots of tips that can make your home less appealing to break-ins. Make your home the least appealing place to break-in possible. How can this be done?
- Replace burned out exterior lights and use them. Burglars do not want to be seen and do not want to work in a well-lit area of the outside of your house. Put your exterior lights on a motion sensor or timer and use them every night.
- Remove ladders, stools, chairs, lawn furniture and tools from the outside of your home. Seeing a chair next to a window can be the tipping point in a criminal’s mind, giving him or her the extra boost needed to get up near your window.
- Keep valuables out of view. Seeing your computer, iPhone and purse sitting on a couch in plain view helps a criminal decide what is worth their time. If all they can see is throw pillows, they may not decide to break-in.
- Trim shrubs, trees and any other plant life near your house so that it cannot be a place for someone to hide. Thieves do not want to deal with a lot of hassle, so removing any way for them to hide themselves is a great step.
- Make sure your doors have a deadbolt and sliding doors have a wooden stick or dowel to prevent sliding if the latch is compromised.
What about windows?
Older windows can be more easily pried open and do not have a sufficient locking mechanism. Windows are commonly left unlocked because people do not want to struggle with opening and closing them because the tracks and seals are fouled up. This means that many windows are left open and unlocked in warmer months, which is a primary access point for burglars.
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So, new windows will help?
New windows will have a tight, secure fit with a strong latch. They will also be easier to open and close than the old windows, meaning you’ll be more likely to close and lock them when you are leaving the house or going to sleep.
Also, how well-kept and clean a home looks from the outside can deter criminals. People who let their windows, siding, and yard go into disarray can be more susceptible to break-ins because criminals assume the owners are not as careful about locking up valuables. A house with fresh windows and siding can deter criminals from the road since the house looks well-maintained.
If you would like more information about getting windows replaced in your home to beef up your home’s resale value and home security, give us a call at 888-776-1998 or visit us online to schedule an appointment with the Pros!