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House Break-Ins: What Homeowners Need to Know

Sep 14, 2023|

Imagine coming home after a long day, only to find your front door forced open and your belongings scattered everywhere. The sinking feeling of a break-in is a nightmare no homeowner wants to experience. But how can you protect your home and loved ones from such a devastating event?

House break-ins are a disturbing reality that homeowners face. Understanding the facts about burglaries is crucial for safeguarding your property.

Homeowners can significantly reduce the risk of break-ins by understanding the mindset of burglars, fortifying their property with home security measures, and adopting preventive strategies.

In this article, we’ll explore the vulnerable entry points burglars target, the importance of robust home security systems, and how to secure common access points. Additionally, we’ll delve into the role of community vigilance and proactive measures homeowners can take to deter burglars.

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Understanding break-ins and burglars

Home break-ins and burglaries are a serious concern for homeowners and renters. Recent data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics reveals that in 2021 alone, approximately 8 million households in the United States fell victim to property crime, out of which more than 800,000 were specifically targeted for burglary.

Burglars often take advantage of unlocked doors or windows as easy entry points. They also target vulnerable areas such as basement windows, back doors, and sliding glass doors.

To protect against break-ins, it’s crucial to prioritize home security. Investing in strong locks, security cameras, and alarm systems can deter burglars.

Law enforcement agencies play a vital role in investigating and apprehending burglars. For example, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program publishes burglary statistics, increasing public awareness of crime patterns.

Plus, the U.S. Department of Justice offers grants, training, and other valuable resources to prevent crime, effectively empowering communities, law enforcement, and individuals in combating burglary.

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Home security systems and measures

When safeguarding your home, alarm systems play a pivotal role in providing comprehensive protection.

Among the reputable options available, Vivint offers smart home security systems with a range of advanced features. These systems include smart locks, enabling convenient access control; smart lighting for enhanced security; high-quality cameras for surveillance; and built-in deterrent systems that combine audible alarms and flashing lights.

Home security cameras can deter potential intruders. Specifically, the presence of video surveillance significantly reduces the likelihood of criminal activity.

In addition to security cameras, other important components of an effective home security system include strong deadbolt locks and motion-activated lights.

Deadbolt locks provide strong resistance against forced entry, preventing intruders' access to your home. Motion-activated lights illuminate the area upon detecting movement, deterring trespassers and enhancing visibility for homeowners.

While DIY home security options are available, it’s important to consider the benefits of professional home security systems. Professional providers like Vivint provide expertise, reliable installation, and ongoing 24/7 support, ensuring your system is properly set up and optimized for maximum effectiveness.

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Securing entry points

Securing entry points is vital for home security. Front, back, and garage doors are key areas that require attention. Installing sturdy and reliable locks, such as deadbolt locks, provides an added layer of protection, making it more challenging for intruders to force their way in.

In addition to strong locks, exterior lighting plays a crucial role in deterring potential intruders. Well-lit surroundings create a sense of visibility and minimize hiding spots, making it less attractive for burglars to approach.

Motion-activated lights are particularly effective as they illuminate the area when movement is detected, alerting homeowners and potentially scaring off intruders.

Social media and home security

Social media has become a powerful platform for communication, but it also poses risks to home security.

Sharing personal information such as your address, vacation plans, or even daily routines on social media can make you an easy target for criminals. They can exploit this information to identify vulnerable homes and plan burglaries.

To protect yourself and maintain privacy on social media, consider the following tips:

  • Limit personal information. Avoid sharing your full address and be cautious about disclosing specific details of your daily routine or upcoming vacations.
  • Adjust privacy settings. Limit the visibility of your posts and personal information to trusted friends and family members.
  • Be mindful of location sharing. Avoid sharing your location in real-time or posting about your current whereabouts, as this information can be used by criminals to determine when your home is empty.
  • Post with caution. Think twice before posting pictures or updates about valuable possessions, as it can attract unwanted attention. Consider sharing vacation photos after returning home.
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Home safes and valuables

Home safes can provide a secure storage solution and protect against theft, fire, and other potential risks.

There are various types of home safes available, each with its own benefits:

  • Fire safes are designed to withstand high temperatures and protect documents, cash, and other heat-sensitive items.
  • Burglary safes are built with reinforced materials and advanced locking mechanisms, providing enhanced security against break-ins.
  • Jewelry safes often have specialized features like velvet lining to prevent scratches and compartments to organize and protect valuable jewelry pieces.
  • Floor safes are installed in the floor and are known for their fool-proof nature, as they are hidden from sight and difficult for burglars to locate.

In addition to home safes, there are creative hiding places to consider for important belongings:

  • Safes disguised as everyday objects like books or household items.
  • Wall outlets with hidden compartments.
  • False-bottom drawers or secret compartments built into furniture.
  • Outdoor storage containers or decoy objects in the yard, such as fake rocks or garden ornaments.

Involving family members and neighbors

Involving family members is vital for effective home security. Each member should be aware of a well-defined plan to follow in the event of a burglary and understand the importance of consistently locking doors and securing other access points. By staying alert, family members contribute to a safer living environment.

Establishing a neighborhood watch program offers additional benefits. Collaborating with neighbors to look out for suspicious activities can deter potential intruders and foster a sense of community security.

Informing neighbors about extended absences is equally important. By notifying trusted neighbors about your absence, they can keep an eye on your property, report any unusual activities, and take necessary precautions to maintain its security.

Technology in home security

AI and machine learning have revolutionized home security. For example, AI-enhanced alarm systems use machine-learning algorithms to analyze data from multiple sources such as security cameras and sensors, to detect specific objects, individuals, anomalies, or patterns indicative of a security breach.

Smart home security devices, including smart cameras, doorbell cameras, and motion sensors, offer numerous advantages. They provide real-time alerts, remote monitoring, and the ability to interact with your home security system from anywhere using a smartphone or other connected devices.

Smart devices offer convenience, flexibility, and peace of mind, empowering homeowners to keep a watchful eye on their property when they are away.

Cell phones and dedicated security apps play a vital role in remote monitoring. Homeowners can receive alerts, view live video feeds, and control various aspects of their security system through intuitive mobile applications. This allows for immediate response to potential threats and the ability to take necessary actions to protect your home.

Additional tips and recommendations

To enhance the security of your home, it's important to implement a range of preventive measures. By following these general home security tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of a break-in.

  • Lock doors and windows, paying extra attention to first-floor entry points.
  • Have professionals install an alarm system to deter intruders.
  • Invest in high-quality deadbolt locks for added door security.
  • Avoid leaving spare keys in easily accessible locations.
  • Inform trusted neighbors about your travel plans.
  • Prevent mail accumulation to avoid indicating an unoccupied home.
  • Maintain well-trimmed shrubs and bushes to eliminate hiding spots.
  • Ensure adequate outdoor lighting to deter burglars.

Also, be aware that home security system regulations regarding audio and video recordings vary by state. In states like Georgia and New York, it’s required to have video surveillance equipment in plain sight.

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Protect your home from break-ins with Vivint

Protect your home from break-ins with Vivint, the trusted provider of comprehensive home security systems. Safeguard your property with a full range of advanced features, including smart locks, smart lighting, doorbell cameras, indoor and outdoor video surveillance with high-quality footage, complete with spotlights and alarms to deter intruders.

With Vivint's 24/7 monitoring services, your home is always under watchful eyes, offering peace of mind. Take advantage of their free installation to get your security system up and running smoothly. Plus, control your entire security system effortlessly through a centralized hub, and conveniently manage it from anywhere with their easy-to-use mobile application.

You can stay connected and receive live alerts, allowing you to respond promptly to any potential threats. Take the first step in securing your home by exploring the advanced security solutions provided by Vivint today.

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