According to the FBI, more than 1 million home burglaries take place in the U.S. each year.
With numbers that high, chances are you or someone you know has been the victim of a burglary. But why are some homes targeted and others aren't? There are certain things burglars look for in a home to rob—and some homes are an easy mark.
5 signs your home is an easy mark for burglars
Here are five telltale signs your home is an easy mark for burglars, and what you can do to keep them away.
1. You’re very active on social media
Do you love to update your social media? Or do you regularly post pics of your travels in real-time? If so, you could unknowingly be inviting a burglar to your empty home. More than 196 million people in the United States have at least one social media account, and many of them (75%) log in every day, so the number of people who could find out you’re gone can be quite high.
Even worse, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, approximately 65% of the victims in violent home invasions know the offender. With that in mind, posting your whereabouts on social media can be a risky move.
Protect yourself by being smart about when and what you post. It's also a good idea to disable location sharing on your social media posts as these can often give away when you're not home.
2. Your porch and yard are neglected
A quick glance at your home's exterior and yard can tell a burglar whether or not you're home in a matter of seconds. Stacks of papers strewn around your porch, packages piling up, ads from take-out restaurants attached to the doorknob—they’re all giveaways that no one is home.
An overgrown yard also makes your home an easy mark for burglars. Not only does it indicate no one is home, but tall weeds and overgrown shrubs can make it easy for a burglar to case your home (or even break in) unseen.