Home invasions have become one of the biggest criminal threats facing the public; in fact, according to law enforcement, a home invasion/burglary occurs nearly every 15 seconds in the United States.
Some quick stats on Home Invasions
- Every year, there are over 2.2 million burglaries in the US
- Most Home Invasions happen between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. since that’s when most people are at work or in school.
- According to the FBI, 1 in every 36 homes will be robbed.
5 things you are doing that could be inviting a criminal to burglarize your home
You have a Big Mouth!
Burglars aren’t always the shady guy you see in a Hollywood movie; in fact, a lot of times it’s either someone that you know or someone who you recently interacted with. From the guy installing your new entertainment system to the handyman who was fixing the clog in your kitchen sink, you need to be careful about what you say to the people you invite into your home.
You Share too much on Social Media
In an age where everyone shares far too much information online, criminals are quick to take advantage of how open our society has become. Modern criminals spend a lot of time on social media looking for victims. From posting pics while you’re at a local restaurant to bragging about that vacation that you are about to take you could be telling a criminal everything he needs to know about his next target – the empty home that you just told him about online.
- Don’t RSVP on Social Media platforms that announce you are going to be attending a party, concert, etc. Any time you publicly RSVP, you are sending out a public invite to criminals to come check out your empty home!
- Stop using Social Media Check-Ins. Seriously, if you really need to tell people where you just ate, wait until you get home to share the photos.
- Stop Publicly sharing photos of your home! How many of the images that you share on social media show everything you have to offer (TVs, video game systems, computers, etc.)?
You Leave your Windows and Doors Unlocked
According to law enforcement, a third of all burglars enter through an unlocked door or window. After knocking on the door to check if anyone’s home, a criminal’s next step is often to test the doorknob and the closest windows. Law enforcement reports are filled with countless examples where a burglar entered the home through an unlocked door when the occupants were in the backyard or upstairs. They mistakenly believed that because they were home, they could leave the doors unlocked.
You think your Home Alarm will Save You!
Home alarms are not the deterrent most people believe them to be. In fact, a lot of criminals seek them out. First, they think that people with an alarm likely have something valuable they are trying to protect. Second, when they hear the alarm go off, they know nobody is home, and they know they have a good 5 – 10 minutes before police will arrive.
If you are going to spend money on a security system, you are better off investing in something like the Ring Video Doorbell that allows you to see, hear and speak to anyone at your door from your phone, tablet or PC.
Criminals hate these systems because they have no idea whether you are home or at work when you are talking.
You Make it Easy for them to Hide!
Many people believe a fence will provide protection for their home, but it endsup doing the opposite. Yes, it can provide privacy for you, but it also allows a criminal to move unseen behind it.
The last thing a criminal wants is to be seen by people. When looking for a target, they will search out homes with big fences, overgrown trees, and bushes, or other areas that offer concealment.