Don’t welcome a burglar into your home. A simple test of whether your home is easy to break into is to take a walk around, inside and out.
IF YOU CAN BREAK INTO YOUR OWN HOME, SO CAN A BURGLAR.
What Types of Targets (homes) Do Potential Burglars Look For?
- Homes they can get into and out of quickly.
- Homes that look unattended, or like nobody is home.
- A house surrounded by large hedges and shrubs, which hamper visibility from the street and neighbors houses.
Most residential burglars devote little if any time to the advance planning of specific break-in. Their crimes are, for the most part, crimes of opportunity. They pick what appears to be an easy mark. If their advance checking and closer examination reveal a greater risk than anticipated, they move onto a safer target. The more you can do to keep your home from looking like an easy target, the safer you are. There are many steps and strategies that you can take to minimize your loss or reduce the opportunity (for a break-in) and improve your chances of recovery if a break-in does occur.
The first step in improving overall security is to take a hard look at the security measures already in use in your home. To help you with this task, The Burlington Township Police Department has developed a Home Security Assessment Form. Conducting a security assessment is important. Go through the test carefully. Look at your house at night as well as in the daytime. Remember, the assessment points out security weaknesses around your home. Your home cannot be adequately protected until these weaknesses are corrected. Contact Officer Pew to schedule a security assessment.