According to the FBI, in 2015, there were 1,579,527 burglaries in the United States, causing $3.6 billion in property losses.
When a robber enters a home, chances are they have specific items in mind that they are looking to snatch.
Below, we overview some of the top-targeted items in burglaries and how you can improve home security measures.
Top-Targeted Items in Your Home
Although items may be valuable to you, there are some that are more enticing to burglars. During home break-ins, top-targeted items are:
- Electronic devices (phones, Kindles, cameras, iPods)
- Golf equipment
- Power tools
With a better understanding of targeted items, you can provide extra protection where needed.
Provide Extra Protection for Valuables
Proper home security measures can help protect your valuables. Some security tips:
- Lock valuables in a safe with a hard-to-guess code when not using them. For even greater protection, install image sensors near the safe to detect tampering.
- Place surveillance cameras in rooms (e.g. the bedroom) where high-valued items such as cash, jewelry or electronics, are stored.
- Install an alarm system that connects directly to a monitored alarm center, which will trigger if someone enters your home.
- Hide or bring valuable items with you when you are out of town for long periods.
- Turn on tracking capabilities on electronic devices (tablets, laptops, smartphones) to locate them if stolen.
- Shred receipts and hide packaging (e.g. TV boxes, jewelry store shopping bags, etc.) before throwing away. Don’t advertise how much value is in your home.
- Before going to bed or leaving your home, ensure all doors and windows are shut, secured and locked.
- Utilize smart locks for increased control over who is entering your home. For example, receive immediate notifications if a door is unlocked.
How do you keep your valuable items safe from harm? Share your comments below.