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Home Security Facts

One out of every 10 homes is burglarized each year. According to the FBI, in 2018, there were an estimated 1,230,149 burglaries, and nearly 60% of home break-ins and burglaries occur during the day. We often leave ourselves vulnerable to danger simply by doing nothing. Taking a proactive approach to guarding your home and family is key. Please read some of our useful insights on how you can prepare to avoid dangerous situations.

  • Be sure that the overhead garage door has a separate lock: Strangers using a code-grabber can capture the radio signal that opens older-model automatic garage doors; devices that scramble this code are readily available at electronics stores
  • Nighttime break-ins usually occur in houses that have an unlived-in look; motion detection lighting is a great deterrent, as are timers that turn lights on and off in a logical sequence
  • If allowed, secure fencing, video cameras and dogs are also excellent deterrents
  • All basement and first floor windows should have strong locks or bars—but make sure that in case of fire, they can be opened easily from the inside
  • If you are going to be away from home for an extended period, make arrangements to have mail and deliveries stopped. You can do this for FREE at USPS.com. USPS can hold your mail for a maximum of 30 days
  • Do not succumb to the oldest trick in the book: leaving extra keys under doormats, potted plants or in any other obvious outdoor location
  • In addition to locks, secure sliding glass door tracks with a dowel