8 Easy ways to prevent becoming the victim of a Residential Burglary

American homes are victims of burglary about every 15 seconds, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The typical homeowner suffers a loss of nearly $2,000 in stolen goods or property damage.

8 Easy ways to prevent becoming the victim of a Residential Burglary

1. PRUNE YOUR SHRUBS
Bushes, shrubs and trees can offer an intruder places to hide and camouflage signs of a break-in. Trim back any overgrown vegetation so that your home's windows, porches and doors are visible to neighbors and passersby.

2. DRAW THE BLINDS
Use shades, drapes and other window treatments to keep potentially tempting household items out of view. Burglary is sometimes a crime of opportunity and "window-shopping" is one way criminals choose potential targets.

3. DON'T ADVERTISE NEW PURCHASES
Be sure not to draw undue attention to your home by discarding empty boxes at the curb with your trash -- a big problem during the holidays.

4. GET MOTION DETECTORS
Adequate night time illumination is critical, because a dark or poorly lit property makes it easier for a burglar to go about unseen.

5. SET TIMERS INDOORS
Timers can run from about $5 to $40, depending on their sophistication. A basic plug-in unit can turn a light on and off once or twice a day, whereas a wired digital outlet switch can switch lights on at any number of set or random times.

6. REINFORCE ENTRY POINTS
All entry doors should be solid wood or steel-wrapped wood-core doors. Hollow core doors or rickety wood-panel doors can be kicked in easily and don't offer much of a deterrent.

7. INSTALL DEADBOLTS
The two main types of deadbolts are single and double cylinder locks. A single cylinder deadbolt has a keyed opening on one side and a knob that can be turned by hand on the other. A double cylinder deadbolt lock is keyed on both sides.

8. LOCK YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS
This seems like an obvious tip, but many of us have neglected to do this at times. Don’t forget to secure side doors and garage doors as well.

Protect Your Home with Homeowners Insurance

Of course, the ultimate safety net that you can purchase to protect your home is homeowners insurance. Nobody wants to think about their home being robbed, but it is a very real possibility, and it is always better to be safe than sorry. At The Jordal Agency, we can help you choose the best homeowners insurance policy for your needs. Contact us today to learn more.

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