Home Security Tips for Homeowners and Occupiers

Home Security Tips for Homeowners and Occupiers

May 10, 2020 0 By Anthony Ekanem

Every homeowner occupier needs to be aware of their home security concerns. With an increase in burglaries and break-ins, you have to take steps to protect your family and valuable belongings. It will surprise many people how simple it is for thieves to break into their home. Crime statistics are very frightening, to say the least. In the United States, crime is said to account for more deaths, injuries and loss of property than all Natural Disasters put together. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) statistics, a burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the United States. In addition to this, the victims and their relatives always experience financial difficulties, and time is always lost from work to handle the legal, insurance and personal problems connected with being a victim of crime.

Home intrusions continue to rise. Household burglary is rampant because it is one of the easiest crimes to commit, most of the time with no forced entry required. Many home intrusions occur during daylight hours while homeowners are away. The burglar will in many cases watch your home for a few days to see when you are out. If you are just living, as usual, you are putting your family and your property at risk. Burglaries have increased to the point where every homeowner must become more aware of the dangers, and learn various ways to protect one’s home, family, and valuables.

The Facts about Home Security

In a study published in the Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, the researchers studied the motivating factors behind a burglar’s decision to rob one home over another. Their findings revealed that isolation and occupancy were the major considerations. It revealed that burglars rarely target homes with occupants in residence.

Homes that are more frequently targeted tend to be those secluded or isolated. Keep in mind that this description encompasses homes with an entrance that is not visible from the street, due to foliage or other visual obstructions. The ideal ‘pigeon’ for a robber is an expensive home that is detached with no security measures and is located less than a mile from a major highway or road.

The study also showed that the third most vital factor is highly visible security measures. Deadbolt locks cannot be seen, so they do not deter burglars. However, advertising the fact that your home is protected by a security system can be a major deterrent. The researchers found that if a house is protected by an alarm system, the chances of robbers choosing it are almost zero. They concluded that homes without security systems were 3.5 times more likely to be burgled than those with protection. If a thief victimizes a home with a security system, they would spend far less time in the house during the robbery and therefore remove fewer pieces of property. This research and similar other studies have made insurance companies advise their clients to install home security systems. Many times, homeowners with security systems would receive an incentive in premiums. 

A Dog Can Be Your Best Friend

A pet like such as a dog can be your best friend when it comes to your home security. Burglar alarms are not the be-all of home security. There are plenty of other things you can install in your home that will help to stop a burglar from gaining entrance and many of them are very simple and inexpensive. The presence of a dog is surprisingly effective against burglars who do not generally want to have any encounter with dogs if they can avoid it. For this strategy to be very effective, put up a “beware-of-the-dog” sign. Small dogs are not so suitable for this because they are not generally frightening. Big dogs work better, not only because of their size but because of the strong guard instincts that cause them to be hostile to strangers.

Who Has The Keys To Your Home?

What can you do to protect your home if your house keys end up in the wrong hands? That is a question nearly two out of every three homeowners should consider closely, according to a study.

In conclusion, how do you translate all this information into practical applications, when it comes to keeping your home safe from burglary? Let us summarize:

  • Put up a sign in your front yard advertising your security system.
  • Invest in a security system that protects against fire and carbon monoxide. 
  • If your house is secluded or in the country, your best defence is a system connected to a monitoring company. 
  • Burglars can cut the outside telephone wires before they enter the premises. If you don’t have a cell phone, you won’t be able to call the police and your system won’t be able to call the monitoring company. 
  • Cut any foliage hiding doors and windows. Burglars deliberately choose houses they can enter without detection from the street.
  • Keep your keys in a secured place where you will not forget.
  • Do not hide keys in “secret” places outside your home – experienced burglars can still find them.
  • Never attach your keys to anything that lists your name, address or phone number, and don’t leave them in a locked (or unlocked) car.
  • Always separate your house keys from your car keys.
  • Only give your keys to someone who will watch over them as if they were their own.

Stay Safe!