There may be nothing more terrifying than a home invader breaking into your property when you aren’t home aside from the same kind of invader breaking in while you are!
According to the FBI, however, more than 2 million people had their homes burglarized in the United States, equating to a home burglary happening every 16 seconds. The overwhelming majority of these burglars penetrated homes through the doors or windows that were left unlatched or unlocked, and still far less than 50% of homeowners have installed home security systems on their property to protect them.
Thankfully, there are some simple and straightforward steps you can take to better protect yourself, your property, and your loved ones. Make sure you are not making any of these home security mistakes and you’ll be good to go!
STOP leaving your key under the doormat
Even though pretty much every homeowner knows that mostly every other homeowner a spare key under the front doormat we all like to act as if this comes as shocking news to burglars and those that want to break into our property.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Even a first timeout rookie invader understands that they have to check underneath the doormat to see if there is a spare key there, and if there is it’s going to grant them almost effortless access into your property – all without showing any signs of a break in from the outside.
Put an end to this practice ASAP.
STOP leaving a spare key anywhere outside
You may think that you are going to be able to that burglar by moving the spare key from the map to a fake rock or some other hiding space out near the front door, but that’s exactly where burglars are going to start looking when they don’t find the key under the doormat that they were expecting.
It’s always a much, much better idea to keep a spare key in the glove box of your vehicle, with a trusted friend or family member, or to ask one of your trusted neighbors to hold onto a spare set of keys for you. This gives you access to a spare when you need it most without potentially compromising your home security at the same time.
Don’t leave ladders outside your property
It can be very, very tempting to leave ladders outside of your home leaning up against the exterior of your property or outback against your garage – with that’s going to give home invaders and burglars effortless access to your roof and second-story windows, both areas that are protected a lot less by home security system than anywhere else.
Make sure you bring these pieces of equipment indoors, store them inside of your garage, and even consider chaining them up if they absolutely must stay outside of your property. Even then, burglars can still cut your chain, so come up with a more creative solution to keep these ladders down on the ground when you aren’t home.