Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer Time Protection Plans

Looking at property crime statistics over the past few years, there appears to be good news! Since 2007 property crimes have been decreasing each year. Accord to the latest statistics from the FBI property crimes are down 3.7% from the last year. This is great news for home owners and renters alike! However, does that mean you should slack off on home security?

To put that percentage into perspective, a decrease by 3.7% is roughly a decrease of 100,000 property crimes. However there were still 9,100,000 property crimes committed. Protecting your home, belongings, and family should still be a high priority.

During the summer months there is a spike up in crime. A lot of families go on vacation; leaving their homes empty and open to thieves. In an interesting study, statistics show that most burglaries do not occur at night, but instead during the day. Particularly, most break-ins occur between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm while most people are at work. In the United States a burglary occurs every 15 seconds. So between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm that is nearly 1,500 burglaries! 

How are these burglaries occurring? Well 30% of thieves are given easy access to homes through open or unlocked doors or windows. Of the others who do not find an open way in, 85% will kick-in a door. 
If you are going out of town or just want to improve the security of your home, here are three tips that can easily make your family and home safer

1. Reinforce: Upgrade the locks and screws on doors and windows. Then remember to keep them locked! Our EZ Armor product is 100% effective, easy to install and adds major reinforcement to every door. A simple do-it-yourself project to improve window security is called window pinning. An explanation of how window pinning works and how to do it can be found here

2. Social Prevention: With the thought of social, you probably think media. I however am referring to much more. If you are leaving your home for a long period of time (five days plus) it is important to keep your home safe. An empty house becomes apparent pretty quick; overgrown grass, no cars out front, or no lights on in the evening. An easy way to keep watch over your house is to talk with your neighbors. Explain you are going out of town and ask if they wouldn't mind occasionally checking in to make sure everything it okay. Also if they see any activity explain that you'd like them to call the police. In the evening a light timer can turn on a few lights for a couple hours to help feign the appearance of someone still being in the home. As for social media, it is important to not tell the world your home is empty; videos, pictures and updates are all signals to possible thieves that no one is home.

3. Security Planning: A security system is your last line of defense. Having a security sign out front is a great preventative measure. An active security system normally has police on scene in 30 to 40 minutes. The average thief is in and out of your home in 15 minutes. That is why preventative measures are so important

Stay tuned to our blog for more security tips and updates. Also keep in mind that until June 9th we have a huge clearance sale on our website. Use code CLEARANCE2012 at check out on for a 25% discount on all orders.

We would love to hear your security tips too, just leave them in the comments below. You could be featured in our next blog post! 

1 comment:

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