Recently there have been a rash of car break-ins in our neighborhood. I was told that the neighborhood watch team helped the police catch 3 of them on Saturday night. This has opened my eyes to the fact that we do not live in a perfect area, and that there are in fact people prowling around our neighborhood. I have been looking into what security measures we should be taking and have come across some very interesting facts and tips. I thought I would share some of the more interesting ones.
- Nearly 66 percent of all burglaries are residential, and of those, 62
percent occur during the daytime. Most burglaries occur between 9 a.m.
and 3 p.m., when no one is likely to be at home.
- Almost half of the nation’s reported burglaries occur in the South: 45 percent
- When you move into a house or apartment, have the locks re-keyed.
There’s no telling who the previous residents may have given a spare
key to, or whether they kept one themselves.
- Apply window film to make your glass shatterproof; tinted film can
further prevent thieves from window-shopping and even block out UV rays
so furniture won’t be damaged by the sun. Frosting over windows is also
a good option.
- Change your garage-door opener code. New openers come with factory-set
codes that are meant to be changed, but many people neglect to do so.
Burglars will scour neighborhoods with common brands of remote openers,
looking for garage doors that will open.
- Keep all points of entry to your home well-lit. Consider installing
motion-sensor lights on the rear and sides of your home and position
them in out-of-reach places so they can’t easily be turned off by a
- Get your driver’s license number (NOT your Social Security number)
engraved on any expensive electronic equipment. Doing so can not only
assist in their return, but can actually dissuade theft: Marked
property is difficult to sell or pawn.
- About 30 percent of private homes have security systems. Homes without
security systems are two to three times more likely to be broken into.
- According to the FBI, a burglary occurs somewhere in the United States every 15.4 seconds.
*This info from the It Takes a Thief website