The introduction of safety devices such as the deadbolt lock in the 1960s and the electronic security system in the modern era has resulted greatly reduced residential burglaries and theft in the U.S. Despite the declines however, there are still millions of homes in the country that were broken into by intruders and the police often find it very hard to arrest or apprehend criminals due to lack of evidence, time or resources.
According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), burglars attacked an American home every 13 seconds in 2016. Most of the attacks occurred between 10 am and 3 pm when homeowners are at work or at school. The data also showed that burglars and thieves commonly forced their way in through a home’s front door, first-floor window, back door, or garage. The things that were mainly stolen by the intruders were money and small but expensive items that can be easily converted into cash. Among the most commonly stolen items by burglars and thieves are jewelry, electronics such as smartphones, laptop computers, and iPads, watches, firearms or guns, and household goods.
As a homeowner, you can implement some easy but effective strategies to protect your home against burglars and thieves. Here, we discuss several topics that can help you in identifying security flaws in your abode and ways to make it more burglar-proof. These topics are generalized and you should look for those that are applicable to your specific needs.