Home burglary is a genuine concern. When thieves do manage to break into a home, they can steal a lot of valuables in a short amount of time: about $2,185 worth of goods on average, says the FBI. Fortunately, some nifty precautionary measures can help prevent that.
Hide your Goods – If your pricey, 50-inch flat screen TV can be seen plainly from the sidewalk, it can easily draw thieves like a clothes shop sale draws young ladies. If you can see a number of valuables easily from the outside as you open your curtains, blinds, or shades, do something. You can choose to install window tint, buy thicker window treatments, or rearrange your valuables to hide them from sight.
Trick the Burglars – You also have a chance to trick thieves like Home Alone’s Kevin McCalister by making it seem like someone’s at home. Remember that a lot of break-ins occur during the day when most people are at work, so it’s vital to create an illusion: leave a light, TV, or stereo on. Just make sure that what you leave on can last that long.
Socialize – Neighbors can play a vital role in preventing break-ins, so it can be of great merit if you have a friendly relationship with them. Closely knit neighbors will call the police if they see someone suspicious poking around one’s property—something that can bolster your home’s security.