Here in the northwest, things are starting to get hot! As the weather heats up, people are having to open their windows and even their doors just to keep cool. The problem is that many people forget to close them again. Burglaries tend to increase in Seattle during this season for this very reason. Thousands of dollars in valuables or cash can be stolen in a very short amount of time if there is a clean entrance. Don’t be fooled, either! Many thieves won’t be deterred if an open window is on the second story. An open window is an open invitation.
In addition to this, many families are on vacation during the summer months. This makes even the “safest” neighborhoods a target. Data from the first five months of this year shows that household burglaries have risen by an astonishing 29%. Residential burglaries are nearing their high point of the year. So how can you protect your home?
There are many simple things you can to protect your home against break-ins. First, remember to close your windows and doors when you are not at home! You can cool the house down later, but you are not likely to recover all of your stolen goods. This simple step could determine whether or not your house becomes a target. Second, keep a catalog of your valuables. Write down serial numbers of electronics along with the model numbers and any other information that could help the police track or identify your goods. Consider insuring any expensive jewelry or heirlooms.
While there are many simple things you can do to minimize the cost of a break-in, what you really want to do is prevent an intrusion in the first place. A home security system is the best way to deter burglars. When a burglar sees a house with a home security system, they are deterred. Burglars tend to target other houses where they won’t have to deal with an alarm or the police showing up. Most burglars aren’t experienced enough to disable any alarm they come across!
Many people believe they cannot afford a home security system. This, however, is forgetting the cost of a break-in. A single break-in could cost the homeowner far than a home security system. There are many inexpensive options on the market. Click here for more information on how to protect your home against intrusion.