What You Can Do to Reduce Crime and House Break-ins
A break-in can happen at any time or place. Over 80% of them happen in the home. Once a homeowner leaves their property unlocked, they are signaling vulnerability. Once this vulnerability is signaled, a thief can get in and take whatever they like.
Prevention Tips 101
There is nothing you can do to prevent a crime from happening. What you can do is work proactively to reduce the likelihood of it happening to you.
1) Most burglars will case a home during the day, whether you are home or not. Once night falls, they have free reign. Some will do it while you are home. Most will not. Since most do not like to spend time in prison or serve any kind of jail time, they prefer to steal while you are away from your home.
The window is one of the more vulnerable areas of your home. Windows offer free reign and access. This is why some will case your home during the day. They do this to see how they can get inside using your window.
Keep your windows locked and secure at all times
2) Check your doors. I do this all the time. Some have accused me of being rather obsessive about this. These people would be right. I have been through a break-in. I know what it is like. Keep any and all doors locked and secure. The days of leaving your doors open for the neighbors to come and say hi are over. We live in a different world now.
3) Invest in an alarm system. This is one sure-fire way to catch the thieves and send them to prison for some jail time. Some thieves are smart. Once they hear the alarm they run away. You may not be able to catch these guys, but you can catch the others. These are the thieves who are not so smart. They stay to pick up a few things while the alarm is going off. Do not underestimate what a thief will do to get their hands on some money or jewels. You have to protect yourself.
4) You have to be diligent. You need to be on the lookout for suspicious activity. Some may call this paranoid. I say it is being smart. Do not assume that everyone has your best interests at heart. Be careful of what you tell people and to whom. The ones you think you can trust the most, they may be the ones stealing your valuable collection right out from under you.