Your home should be that place that gives you safety and comfort at all times. Yet, statistics indicate otherwise. A 2018 report shows that 88% of burglaries occur in residential areas.
There is one thing that may shock you though; most of these crimes are preventable. If people could take their security more seriously, the crime rate would drop significantly. Even with the best home security system, leaving a window open will give a thief entry.
We will highlight 14 common home security mistakes. Some of them will shock you.
The Popular Key under the Doormat Hiding Place
Key under the doormat is one of the oldest, most common mistakes. If you are doing this, please stop. This is the first place that burglars or anyone for that matter will check for the key.
Key Under A Stone Or Flower Pot Near The Door
If we were to take a poll, we can bet that more than 90% of respondents would be guilty of number 1, 2, and 3 in that order.
Buying Substandard Doors and Locks
Yes, we all want to save a few shillings here and there, but your security is more important. Stop scrimping by buying the cheapest. Get heavy duty doors and locks.
Put Away That Ladder
Leaving a ladder out-in-the-open will give burglars easy access to your house.
Lock Up the Garage
The garage is full of tools that the thieves can use to access your house.
Relying On the Family Pooch
Dogs are great because they can bark and scare away a burglar. But, the thief can hurt your dog and immobilize it. In other cases, they even use meat with a sedative to put them to sleep. You can, therefore, not rely on your dog for protection.
Not Being Careful About Your Home Security System
Forget about dummy home security system equipment. A knowledgeable thief can tell the difference immediately. Invest in a good system; especially those that allow for remote monitoring.
Do not have the control panel too near a window. A burglar can peep through the window and see whether or not it is armed.
Do not neglect the maintenance of your home security system. Always confirm that it is working, and get a professional to service it once in a while.
Having Blind Spots in Your Yard
Do not neglect to trim the bushes. Also, make sure that you do not buy a huge trash can. All these will provide a hiding place for the thieves. Make sure you can see every corner of the yard easily.
Neglecting Outdoor Lighting
Lighting is important because thieves like to hide in dark areas. Invest in motion sensor lights so that you get an alert anytime there is a breach.
Displaying Your Wealth
So you went out and bought a big TV, don’t leave the box outside. Do not display valuable items, because if a thief looks through the window and sees it, they will look for a way to get in. Some people like to display expensive china, art collections, among others.
Reporting All Your Movements on Social Media
People, stop doing this! There is this craze of posting every movement you make on social media. When away on holiday, the whole world has to know about it. When in the club, you share pictures of you dancing and drinking the night away. Always remember, you never know who is going through your social media accounts.
Announcing Your Absence
When you go away on a trip, try and make it seem like there's someone at home. Get smart lights that will come on in the evening. Set your TV to come on and off at a certain time.
Call the post office and the newspaper to halt deliveries until you come back. Get a close relative or friend to come in and out of your house once in a while. Do not stop the cleaning lady from coming in as she normally would.
The whole idea is to make it look like you are still at home. If burglars know that you're not around, it will be the perfect opportunity for them to break in.
Thinking You Are Alright
Most human beings have this mentality, but things happen to other people. If you have never had the terrifying experience of coming face-to-face with a burglar, you may become complacent.
Always remember you are a target and must take due care at all times. Check that all your doors and windows are tightly locked up. Do not forget to arm the alarm system. Be aware of the goings-on in the neighborhood.
If you are guilty of any of the mistakes above, take the necessary remedial steps. Your safety begins with you.