There are some very surprising tidbits of information concerning burglary and home invasion. For instance, most burglars are never caught and most stolen property is never recovered. Another interesting fact is that most burglaries happen because the homeowner gave the burglar an opportunity.
What sort of opportunities do homeowners regularly give these criminals? You may be surprise by the number of common practices that can give a burglar the green light to invade your home. Let's start with some of the most obvious.
Not installing an alarm system is one of the biggest reasons that home are broken into. Additionally, homes without an alarm system frequently have other safety concerns. Unlocked doors and windows (even those on a second floor!) can be a welcoming entry point for any burglar.
Unlit outdoor areas, such as driveways, walkways and entry areas are all opportunities for criminals to gain access to your home. In addition, overgrown shrubbery around a home or yard can provide great concealment for someone intent on breaking into your home.
Other areas for concern are older trees near a home. These trees often have spreading limbs that can provide an easy means of getting into your home through an upper floor window. Obvious signs that the home is not occupied are also one of the things that burglars look for in a choice home. With no one home, a criminal is much more likely to break in.
A lack of monitored security system Besides deterring bad guys, these can be used to monitor your home for many other risks and safety hazards, such as integrated smoke detectors, fire alarms, water sensors, carbon monoxide sensors and panic buttons for those who may have physical problems limiting mobility.
Bruce Kelly is a Home Security Specialist with 10 years of experience configuring and installing home alarms.