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Burglary: Crime Prevention Tips

Posted Oct 6th, 2015 in General, Insurance Tips, Home Insurance, Did You Know?

When protecting your personal property, it is important to realize there are things you can do to deter a burglar from striking. Many suggest the best way to protect your home is to approach it from a burglar’s perspective; however, we have outlined tips for you to reference.

Do you have any vulnerable areas of your property that could be penetrated?  Often, burglary is a crime of opportunity and there are simple steps you can follow to ensure your house is protected and isn’t considered an attractive target, which will greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary.

Youngs insurance provides tips on how to protect your property from burglars

Did you know that most burglars attack during the daytime when dense bushes and trees hide their presence? Also, that one-third of burglars enter from either the basement, forced entry through a window or door, or an unlocked window or door.

We have outlined ways you can protect your property with tips to deter burglars.

Tips for Protecting the Inside of your property:

  • Always secure your property - lock all doors and windows before leaving
  • Close blinds and curtains (to avoid a burglar from viewing your belongings)
  • If possible use a property burglar alarm system
  • Make your home look occupied at all times – i.e. use timers to maintain normal lighting patterns
  • Leave a radio on when you are away from your home
  • Protect your valuables - Keep jewelry and negotiables in a safety deposit box or an unlikely place (i.e. Not your bedroom)
  • Take an inventory of your home with a videotape and/or photographs

Tips for Protecting the Outside of your property:

  • Keep your shrubbery cut back so that it doesn’t block windows and doors
  • Secure window air conditioners from the inside
  • Have adequate lighting throughout your property
  • Ensure exterior doors are solid, not hollow - metal doors provide the best protection
  • Use a fencing style that would not conceal a burglar  
  • Secure any glass that is less than 40′ from a door lock - either coat exterior glass with an acrylic or polycarbonate to strengthen, or replace with laminated or tempered glass
  • Install deadbolt locks
  • Dogs are great deterrents to burglars - even a strategically placed “Beware of Dog” sticker can make a burglar think twice
  • Place hinged security bars over basement windows
  • Ensure that a burglar cannot access the roof from high trees or a ladder left outside

The overlying goals when crime proofing your property is to secure your proptery making it more difficult for burglars to penetrate, while making it appear occupied at all times. We at Youngs Insurance want to ensure you have information that helps prevent anything from occurring and we hope your found our tips to protect your property helpful.

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