Burglary Prevention Tips

    I recently read an article from my insurance company that stated only “13% of home burglaries are solved by the police”!!!  Wait, what?!?!?!

    That’s pretty disappointing and a little scary since we are now in the most vacationed months of the year.

    Vacations are supposed to rejuvenate and relax us.  So, the fact that we could be robbed while we are away is a good enough reason to take precautionary measures.  We sure don’t want all that rest and relaxation to be for nothing!!!

    The sad truth is that a home burglary happens every 15 seconds in the United States and nearly 66% of all burglaries are residential.

    However, there are ways we can protect ourselves and our property.

    The Top 3 Ways to Protect Our Homes from Thieves include:

    • Get a home security system.  Homes without security systems are two to three times more likely to be broken into.
    • Obtain outdoor lighting and put them on timers, too.  This makes your home more visible and gives burglars less areas to break in undetected.
    • Put secondary locking systems on your windows.  Windows are the most frequent point of entry during warm weather months!!!  Windows normally only have latches, so using locks, sticks or dowels (for vertical windows) will help deter access.

    Some other crucial tips to keep your house safe and sound while you go on vacation include:

    1.  Do not discuss vacation plans on social media.  You never know who is reading your newsfeed.  Additionally, post your photos after you return, as to not give your absence away.

    2.  Remove the spare key that is hidden in the planter, fake rock, under the mat or above the door (or anywhere else for that matter).  Burglars have homes, too.  They know the best places to hide that extra key.

    3.  Tell a friend and a neighbor that you will be out of town and ask for them to watch for strange behavior while you are away.  Request your mail and newspapers to be picked up to avoid tipping off burglars.

    4.  Do not close the blinds, curtains or shades.  This is a tell-tale sign that no one is home.  Plus, it keeps your neighbors from seeing any suspicious activity going on inside your home.

    5.  Invest in timers for your lights.  Leaving lights on continually not only wastes energy, but also indicates to the outside world that no one is home.

    6.  Lock fence gates and garage doors.  Once a burglar can get into the backyard or garage, they are out of view and have an easier time getting into the home.

    7.  Notify the police if you will be away for longer than a week.  Patrol cars may possibly do a drive by, especially if they have received numerous calls in similar neighborhoods.

    8.  Program televisions and/or radios to turn on and off during your vacation.  Burglars are discouraged by noise.

    We wish you a fun and burglary-free summer!!!

    If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Austin area, please contact Kathleen Bucher at 512.794.6644 or KathleenBucher@mac.com.  It would be an honor to earn your business!!

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