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:

  • Bicycles
  • Cash
  • Electronic devices (phones, Kindles, cameras, iPods)
  • Firearms
  • Golf equipment
  • Jewelry
  • Power tools
  • TVs

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.