Top Burglary Precautions

    Last year around this time, we blogged about our Top 10 Burglary Safeguards and we thought it was worth repeating!!

    July and August have the most burglaries each year and February is the month with the least occurrences of break-ins.  Additionally, burglaries of residential properties account for 73.9 percent of all burglary offenses and over 2,000,000 burglaries occur each year, according to the FBI.

    To put it all into perspective, a home burglary occurs every 13 seconds in the United States!  Yikes!

    Don’t fall victim to a needless crime.  We have our top precautions that could be the difference between a great vacation and a terrible one!!

    TOP 10 BURGLARY SAFEGUARDS

    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. Obtain outdoor lighting and put them on timers, too.  This makes your home more visible and gives burglars less areas to break in undetected.
    9. 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.
    10. Program televisions and/or radios to turn on and off during your vacation.  Burglars are discouraged by noise.

    If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Austin area, please do not hesitate to contact Kathleen Bucher at 512.794.6644 or KathleenBucher@mac.com.  It would be an honor to earn your business!

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