The Burglar Bias — Home Security

Home-and-Family Recently there has been a noted increase in the use of security and surveillance systems, guards and even ‘covert’ security personnel in everything from malls and large stores to mom and pop and convenience stores. Since these are stores that have to make a profit to keep running you pretty much have to figure that the surveillance and security measures are cost effective – that theft losses are reduced substantially simply through discouraging theft. The first of our home security tips is simple enough though many don’t seem to believe it. Doing something to improve security is worth the effort and cost and preventing theft is probably the single most cost effective approach. With it getting harder to rip off stores, what is a thief going to do? Burglary is an ever popular choice and they are probably out there seeing how well your home qualifies as an easy target. While movies always seem to have clever and technically sophisticated thieves, reality is quite different. Most burglars are lazy, highly adverse to risk and want an easy target that won’t involve much effort. As a sort of backwards approach to home security tips, lets think about what some of the primary qualities of a good target are. Having portable items valuable enough to steal is one. These days this probably means almost any house, but being able to see into the house can nail down a target if, for example, stereo and TV equipment can be seen from the outside. Easy access and, particularly, possible windows and doors with blocked visibility are attractive features. High bushes or shrubs that can hide the burglar while working on a door or a window make a delightful, burglar friendly bonus. An absence of obvious security features such as security .pany signs or decals on windows, camera systems or motion sensitive lighting are also thief attractors. Dogs can be a serious annoyance to a burglar, at least ones in homes they want to break into, so the absence of any indications of a dog can increase a home’s target value. Interestingly, National Rifle Association membership stickers or signs seem to drop a home’s popularity. The possible problem here is that if a burglar can be certain nobody’s waiting inside with a shotgun, then those signs pretty strongly suggest there are guns inside which are valuable items to steal. You’ll notice that most of these items are simple to verify without being obvious or doing much beyond walking past your home. Take a look at your home from this perspective and see how it rates as a potential target. Over 80% of homes in the US have no real protection against burglary except insurance. You can decrease the risk of your home being targeted with a few simple measures. Start by eliminating any concealment provided by bushes and trees. especially near entry points. Next, make certain that valuable and easily portable items such as stereos, TVs, etc., are not visible from the outside. Signs and window decals, whether true or not, reduce your home’s attractiveness to criminals. Motion sensor lights and a dummy security camera are inexpensive and an added negative. The home security tips discussed here are primarily ones which will make it less likely that a burglar looking for a target will select your home. So, while these steps do provide a level of enhanced home security, you should also consider further action to make your home more secure and more difficult to break into easily. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: