Safety at Home
Having someone break into your home is an extremely frightening and violating experience, whether you’re home or not. Every 13 seconds a home invasion occurs, and the highest percentage of them happen in summer. It’s not something we want to think about but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. Ignoring the fact will make you vulnerable, but facing it and preparing could keep you safe.
Here are some preemptive steps and precautions you can take to discourage anyone from burglarizing your home.
Keep your business to yourself (in real life and online):
Avoid mentioning travel plans online. The Internet is not as private as you think, don’t give your potential burglar information that would make it easier for them to invade your home. Also, if possible try to keep your belongings, particularly new expensive purchases indoors and out of sight. This also applies to the boxes of those items. Don’t leave the box for your brand new plasma smart TV on the curb. Keep it inside until recycling day. In general don’t talk about or display things that make you an attractive target to burglarize. Hard advice to execute – we know – but the more you try the safer you are.
Maintain a well-lit property:
Burglars don’t like light; it scares and deters them. If you have motion detector lights make sure they’re functioning properly. Keeping the lights on at the front and back of your house will discourage burglars, as the potential of being seen and caught is so much higher.
Invest in a home security system:
The best way to prevent a burglary is to install a security system in your home because it is the only measure that actively works to keep you safe. Homes with security systems are 15 times less likely to be burglarized. With 300,000 crimes each year in the Chicago area alone we’d say that’s a pretty smart investment.
Security Companies in Chicago
At Alert Protective Services we will tailor a security system to your home and family’s needs. Safety is our business and we take it very seriously which is we are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.