Summer is coming up very quickly, and that means it’ll be time once more for some great barbeque parties with friends, vacations to exciting places, and leisurely times in the sun. It can be a total hassle to have to lock up your home every time you need to go uptown to the store to grab that bottle of A1, but it’s crucial to protect what is yours, especially in times of relaxation and sunshine.
While there is no sure proof method for securing your home against burglars, there are a few simple actions you can take to deter a criminal from choosing your home as their target. Read about these 5 easy tips below!
Use Your Locks – According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 40% of all break-ins are not forced. That means that the burglar was able to walk, climb, or crawl to get inside a residence almost half the time! Prevent a break-in from happening by locking all of your entryways such as your windows and doors. Pay special attention to your sliding doors as well. Some older sliding doors can be popped off their frame, even when locked. Take a steer bar or a 2×4 and slide it into the back groove of the door to keep it secure.
Maintain a Presence – Sometimes thieves are deterred from a home because it looks like someone is home. That doesn’t mean you can’t leave your home at all! Simply make it look like you’re home, even when you’re not. Leave your lights and television on when you’re out. If you’ll be gone for an extended period of time, invest in a timer device to turn on and off the lights to further simulate your presence.
Don’t Leave a Spare Key Out – Thieves are good at guessing your hiding spot, no matter how clever you think your hiding spot is. If you need to leave an extra key out, try leaving it in your wallet, a very trusted neighbor, or a close-by family member or close friend.
Secure Your Yard – Take a careful look at your landscape the way a burglar would. Are you unwittingly providing a hiding place for criminals? Trim back your greenery, particularly low shrubs in front of first floor windows, and trim any tree limbs that reach upper story windows!
Prepare Before Vacation – If you’re going to be gone for extended periods of time away from home, let the police know and request that they drive by your home on a daily basis until your return. Ask a trusted neighbor to keep a watchful eye on your home while you’re gone. Finally, hold your mail at the post office since piles of mail on your front porch are sure signs to burglars that the home is empty. Read more vacation prep tips here!
Have questions about keeping thieves out of your home? Need home insurance? Call the experts who care – Madison Mutual Insurance Company! You can reach us at 1-800-766-MMIC or visit us online at www.madisonmutual.com to see how we can better serve and protect you!