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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 many homeowners face. Understanding the facts about home burglaries is crucial for safeguarding your property.

By understanding the mindset of burglars, fortifying your home security measures, and adopting preventive strategies, you can reduce the risk of break-ins.

In this guide, we’ll explore the vulnerable entry points that burglars target, the importance of having a home security system, and how to secure common access points. Additionally, we’ll examine the role of community vigilance and proactive measures you 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 (BJS) reveals 13.4 million instances of property crime in 2022, with more than 1.3 million victimizations related to 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.

It’s important to prioritize home security to protect against break-ins. Measures like strong locks, security cameras, and alarm systems can help 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.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) offers grants, training, and other valuable resources to prevent crime, empowering communities, law enforcement, and individuals to combat burglary effectively.

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Home security systems and measures

Securing your home goes beyond basic measures. Alarm systems are essential for comprehensive protection, serving as a critical layer of security. Consider companies like Vivint, for example.

Vivint offers smart home security systems that integrate various advanced features. These include smart locks for secure keyless entry, smart lighting to enhance security, high-quality surveillance cameras, and integrated alarm systems that alert with both sound and light.

The presence of home security cameras is a strong deterrent against potential intruders. In fact, visible video surveillance significantly lowers the risk of criminal activities.

In addition to cameras, other key elements of a robust home security system are sturdy deadbolt locks and motion-activated lighting. Deadbolts provide a higher level of resistance against break-ins, while motion-activated lights serve as an effective deterrent, improving visibility for homeowners at night.

While DIY home security options exist, consider the advantages of professional systems. Providers like Vivint bring expertise, professional installation, and continuous support—so your security system is well-installed 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 can help deter potential intruders. Well-lit surroundings create a sense of visibility and minimize hiding spots, making a home 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 criminals can use this information 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 be a secure storage solution and offer protection against theft, fire, and other potential risks. Various types of home safes are available, each with its own unique benefits.

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

In addition to home safes, consider these creative hiding places 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 have a 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 from Vivint, including smart cameras, doorbell cameras, and motion sensors, provide real-time alerts, remote monitoring, and the ability to interact with your home security system from anywhere using a smartphone or dedicated security app like the Vivint App.

Smart devices offer convenience, flexibility, and peace of mind, empowering you to keep a watchful eye on your property even when you’re away.

Tips and recommendations

Following these general home security tips can reduce the risk of a break-in:

  • Lock doors and windows, paying extra attention to first-floor entry points.
  • 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 for extra vigilance.
  • 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.
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Protect your home from break-ins with Vivint

Preventing home break-ins is a crucial aspect of ensuring safety and peace of mind. A comprehensive approach to home security involves several layers of protection, from physical barriers like strong locks and lighting to advanced technological solutions.

Vivint offers a full suite of home security systems designed to help safeguard your property. Advanced features include smart locks that reinforce entry points, smart lighting to deter unwanted visitors, and a combination of doorbell cameras along with indoor and outdoor video surveillance.

Moreover, Vivint’s 24/7 monitoring services mean that your home is always under vigilant supervision. We offer the convenience of free installation, ensuring your security system is set up efficiently and correctly.

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 our advanced security solutions.

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