|Every ten seconds in the U.S., a home is robbed. That's |
about 13 million homes - or one in 20. Here are five
guidelines, based on interviews with convicted burglars,
to help you minimize the chances that your home will be
targeted by thieves:
1. REMOVE THEIR COVER.
Cut down on potential hiding places around your
house by trimming hedges and trees. Replace
burned-out lights in your yard. Install infrared,
2. "GONE FISHIN'" WON'T DO.
The rate of home break-ins skyrockets during the
summer vacation months. When you travel, leave no
signs that you're gone. Have neighbors park in your
drive way. Put mail and newspaper delivery on hold.
Keep your lawn mowed. Use timers to turn lights on
and off. Keep your radio turned on and tuned into
a talk station.
3. DEFEND THE GROUND FLOOR.
Most break-ins occur on the ground floor. One
study showed that nearly half of all burglars enter
through the front door, 32 percent choose the back
door and 22 percent enter through a first-floor window.
Only two percent choose a second-story window. The
solution is to secure, expose and illuminate the ground
4. BEWARE DAYLIGHT.
Don't let your guard down when the sun comes up.
Most burglaries take place between the hours of
9:30 am and 4:00 pm, when you're at work and the
kids are at school. Take extra precautions during the
day. Set timers for lights and radios. Consider
installing a high-quality alarm system.
5. KEEP VALUABLES OUT OF THE BEDROOM.
Once they enter a house, crooks typically head for
the bedroom. They know that this is the place where
most people keep their jewelry, extra cash, cameras
and other valuables.
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