Pinpointing a timeline for burglars of when burglars might attack your home is nearly impossible. But some of the day-to-day actions may be all the clues they need to plan and execute an intrusion. We got a few tips from some of the experts to put you in the mind of a burglar as a way to help protect your home.
Always make your home look occupied
Sara Routhier, a managing editor for 360 Quote chimed in to share more tips to deter burglars. Criminals often look for empty homes and may spend weeks looking around your neighborhood or online for signs that you’re away. Burglars often don’t attack at night, as many commonly believe.
“While many people think robberies are most common at night, burglars are actually far more likely to strike between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when most people are at work,” Routhier shared.
Be mindful of moving boxes and packaging
Burglars often target new residents and keep an eye out when they’re moving in to spot valuables such as computers and TVs. They may also see that you’re new to the neighborhood or bought a new gadget by seeing delivery trucks and boxes as common signs.
Keep in mind that burglaries may take some planning, but the attack is usually quick. Routhier shared that most burglaries last between 90 seconds and 12 minutes. They often spot the most valuable items quickly, grab them and go. To be on the safe side, it’s suggested to keep your blinds and windows closed to keep thieves from easily spying and pinpointing items in your home.
What to do now
Burglars can be scary and unpredictable, but there are a few easy takeaways to improve your home’s security.
- Start by getting a home security system. Most include entryway sensors, glass break sensors and motion detection to immediately alert you when someone is entering your home. You can also install cameras to keep an eye on your home using your smartphone.
- Get renters or homeowners insurance and understand your policy. In the event that the unfortunate occurs, you’ll have insurance to cover damages and valuables. Make sure you understand what your policy does and does not cover, as well as deductibles.
- Keep your yard tidy. Don’t give burglars easy hiding spots to pry while you’re home or away. Keep the yard neat and bushes low to get a clear view of what’s happening outside your home at all times. You can also add lighting to easily spot activity in dark areas outside.
- Get to know your neighbors. Take time to introduce yourself and exchange numbers. It’s also a good idea to join a neighborhood watch if one’s available. If there’s anything suspicious you’ll all be able to keep an eye out for each other.
- Be careful what you share. Whether you’re talking outside on the phone or posting on social media, be careful how much information you’re sharing with the outside world. Never share where you are, who you’re with or when you’ll be leaving for your vacation. And while you’re away, make sure your home looks lived in by having a trusted friend regularly stop by, adding smart lights and stopping mail delivery.