It is important to do everything you can to keep your Tucson Real Estate safe. Did you know that burglars break into a home, apartment of condominium every 11 seconds? There are an estimated 1,329,950 burglaries annually nationwide 28% of which were due to unlawful entry (entry with no force; achieved through open doors and windows). 60% of residential burglaries occur during daylight hours with an average loss of $1,350. Once your home has been burglarized it is more likely to be burglarized again. What can you do to protect yourself?
Police say that getting a big dog is actually more of a deterrent than an alarm system. The dog is then more than just a burglar deterrent and will also become a part of your family. Here are some other things to keep in mind:
Doors, Windows & Lights
- Keep doors and windows securely locked at all times.
- Ensure that doors have deadbolt locks with a 1-inch throw and reinforced strike plate with 3-inch screws.
- Secure windows with secure key locks or other devices.
- Lock sliding glass doors. Install two locks, place a metal rod or piece of plywood in the track, or install vertical bolts.
- To secure your garage, don’t rely only on your garage door opener. Lock all doors into attached garages.
- Refrain from leaving house keys in obvious locations such as under the doormat or a flower pot.
- Keep the perimeter of your home well lighted. Low voltage outdoor lighting is inexpensive and provides peace of mind.
- Keep landscaping trimmed away from entrances and walkways.
- High fences can shield a burglar from detection. Forgo a little privacy for increased security.
- Use an engraving pen to engrave your driver’s license number on personal property.
- Make a home inventory list, complete with photos or video. Store this list in a secure location, away from your residence.
- Look in your windows to see if electronics and artwork are visible from outside your home. Any valuables within clear view should be moved.
While on Vacation
- Have a trusted neighbor or friend collect your ail, packages and newspapers.
- Alert trusted neighbors to the fact that you will be away from your home for a set number of days.
- Contact your local law enforcement agency and request a house watch patrol during your absence.
- While away from your residence, keep some shades and blinds up and/or curtains open to simulate normal, everyday living.
Food for Thought: Does your neighborhood have a community watch program? If not, why don’t you look into starting one?
Burglary prevention is more than just keeping your Tucson Real Estate safe from theft, it is keeping your family and home safe.