A thief isn’t going to attempt to break into a home if it isn’t easy, but some of the signs that they look for might surprise you. They want to get in, get out, and grab as many valuable items as they can in as short a time as possible…especially if your home follows these bad guidelines!
1.) Leaving valuables in plain sight.
Is that large flat-screen television, game console, and wall of movies visible from the street? What about the home computer? Use heavy curtains to block the view when you’re not at home.
2.) Advertising a lack of large dogs.
Dogs are one of the top deterrents to home break-ins. Even if your dog is a small teacup poodle, stick a “beware of dog” sign on your gate. Neighbors who know you will laugh, but thieves might just pass over your home to be safe.
3.) Piled mail and stacked newspapers.
If you aren’t going to be home for a week, arrange for a neighbor to pick up your mail everyday. If thieves realize you don’t expect to be home for a long period of time, your house becomes a target.
4.) No security system.
That “protected” sign can go a long way to deterring thieves – don’t hide it away!
5.) Bad hiding spot for spare keys.
Under the mat or on the door frame, a spare set of keys should never be hidden in plain sight. Ask a neighbor to keep a set, or get creative! A thief won’t look much farther than your front porch for fear of being spotted.
6.) No outdoor lights.
A well-lit home makes it easier for others to spot someone who doesn’t belong. Even if you don’t plan to be back after dark, leave those lights on!
7.) Announcing travel plans on social media.
If a thief is watching your home, they might be watching your social media as well. If you announce the specific dates of a trip, your empty home will be a prime target.
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