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Letting Your Mail Pile Up
Whether you’re away on vacation or just someone who doesn’t check their mail that often, having mail pile up indicates to burglars that your home may be an easy target. They may assume that you aren’t home that often, or not at all.
If you are in the habit of letting your mail pile up, start taking it in. If you’re going on vacation, make sure to have a neighbor, friend, or family member pick up your mail for you.
Your House is Empty During the Day
In most movies, home robbery scenes are filmed at night. However, robberies actually happen more often during the day, when the house is empty. After all, there’s more of a chance someone will be home at night, and here the chances of getting caught are higher as well.
Your Backyard is Easily Accessible
Most thieves will break into your house through the back because there’s less of a chance of being seen. If your backyard fence isn’t sturdy, is easily climbed, or rotting out in certain areas, your home is a much easier target for thieves.
You Show Obvious Signs of Wealth
After all, thieves are looking to get the most out of their victims. If they can clearly see that you have valuables in your home, they’re going to be more tempted to target you.
Simply put, don’t leave expensive jet skies out in the open. Don’t set your expensive flat-screen TV up somewhere where people walking the sidewalk can clearly see it. Don’t leave your Mac Pro on a computer desk facing the front window.
Another thing to remember is that thieves typically check the master bedroom first. They are of course searching for cash, jewelry, and things like that. Consider storing these in a less obvious place. Thieves don’t like to be in a house for long, after all, and the more time you make them spend looking for things, the more likely they are to abandon their search.
You Leave Your Garage Door Open
This gives thieves a clear opportunity to run in, grab what they can, and leave. It also indicates that you may also be the type of person to leave your doors and windows unlocked, and that includes the door leading from your garage into your home.
You Don’t Have a Dog
One of the best ways to prevent a burglary is to make it obvious that you have a dog. This plan obviously works better when it’s clearly a big dog that can do more than simply alert you with a few shrill barks.
You Don’t Have a Security System
One of the best things about a security system is that by their very presence they deter burglars and other home intruders. Installing a security system will go a long way in preventing someone from even attempting to break into your home and, should they do so, you will be alerted, the police will be on their way, and the intruder will be recorded and on camera.
4Sight Security offers a wide range of residential security systems in Jackson, Pocatello, Rexburg, Victor, and Driggs, Idaho; Jackson and Alpine, Wyoming; and West Yellowstone, Montana.
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