It’s hard to believe but there are, on average, 3000 burglaries per day in the USA. The average value of property stolen is estimated at $2,660. While many of us imagine the nightmare scenario of being woken from sleep and being faced with an intruder in the early hours, in reality, according to FBI statistics, 45 % of burglaries take place in daylight.
Why is this? Quite simply, burglars want to do their work with as little hassle as possible. And it’s far easier to enter a house while it’s unoccupied, with the inhabitants out at work or away on vacation. There’s time to have a good look round and make a safe exit without the risk of bumping into an irate and sleepy homeowner with a gun in his or her hand.
So, what can you do to secure your home when you’re away in the daytime? Here are 5 ideas to help you deter intruders.
- Install a smart security system
This is the most effective deterrent. Let burglars know what they’re up against with warning signs and cameras situated in highly visible locations.
Using a home alarm system with 24/7 professional monitoring can cost far less than the cost of the average burglary. Basic DIY systems can be had for around $200 with monitoring plans from as little as $10 a month. Sophisticated smart systems with additional features are more expensive, but most burglars would rather skip a house than risk triggering a security system. So, they’re a logical investment to protect your valuables and help to avoid the trauma caused by an invasion of your personal space.
- Secure your doors and windows
Ensure no one else has a set of your house keys – change your locks if needed. Doors should be fitted with deadlocks with strong frames and hinges. No matter how hot it is – an open upstairs window is often the temptation a passing burglar won’t be able to resist – so ensure they’re all securely locked before you leave.
- Clean up your outside areas
Remove any bushes or overgrown areas which can provide a useful hiding place while a burglar plans his entry, or hides on exit. Also, trim any overhanging branches on your trees, so they don’t provide a convenient hiding place.
- Install a barking dog alarm
A dog is an effective deterrent for intruders. It doesn’t even have to be large or savage, just the noise that it makes can be enough to make a thief look for somewhere less likely to attract attention. If you don’t have a dog (or you’re taking yours on vacation with you), consider buying a barking dog alarm, which will make a realistic impersonation, and can be heard up to 300 yards away.
- Use door stop alarms
Another low-cost security device to consider is a door stop alarm. Just place this wedge under the door of your choice. If someone attempts to push the door open, it will emit an ear-piercing 120db. Your burglar will want to exit the area as fast as possible to escape the noise, and neighbors will soon be alerted that something is wrong.