Here’s some good news, courtesy of the FBI.
Property crime is on the decline. It was down three percent between 2016 and 2017 and has dropped by 21 percent over the last 10 years.
There were 7.6 million property crimes in 2017, and nearly a fifth of them were burglaries. Even with a drop in crime, that’s still a lot of break-ins.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t protect yourselves, Bucks County. Burglar alarm systems are an obvious defense, but there are other steps you can take.
Protecting your doors and windows
Most burglars enter homes from the first floor, primarily by going through the front door. Make things harder for them by following these steps:
- Make sure you have a door made from steel or solid-core wood, with no signs of cracks, warping or rot. Doors with a hollow-core are much easier to break down.
- Use quality deadbolt locks. Chain locks can add some protection but are no substitute for a deadbolt.
- If your door has panes of glass, make sure they’re far from the lock. Burglars could otherwise break the glass and reach in to unlock the door.
- The best place to keep a spare key is in someone else’s home, ideally a neighbor your trust. If you have to hide a spare key on your property, avoid obvious places like under doormats and planters. Thieves know to search there.
- Sliding glass doors should have locks at the top and bottom. You can also use part of a broom handle or similar piece of wood to keep the track from sliding open.
- Experts recommend not having a pet door, but if installing one is necessary, try to make it as small and as far away from the lock as possible.
- Make sure your windows are made from strong glass such as laminated glass.
- Keep landscaping and other structures away from your windows. If these can’t be moved, install lighting around the windows.
Lighting up your home
Sometimes the best Bucks County burglar alarm systems come in the form of turning on a light:
- You should have lights on every side of the exterior of your home to deter burglars.
- Leave at least one light on when you aren’t home.
- Installing motion lights on the outside of your home can scare away burglars.
Beyond securing your doors and windows and lighting up your property, you can guard your home against burglary with these methods.
- Keep your lawn well maintained. Uncut grass can signal to burglars that no one is home.
- In addition to being loyal companions, dogs make for a great burglary deterrent. Even if you don’t have pets, putting a dog bowl on your back porch or a “Beware of Dog” sign on your fence can have the same effect as owning a dog.
- Plant shrubs and trees away from your doorways, as a shielded entrance can provide ideal cover for a burglar.
- Can’t afford to install burglar alarm systems? Bucks County residents can still put security alarm stickers around their property.
- Buy a timer to activate lights and radios when you aren’t home, making your house seem occupied.
No matter what you might see on the news, crime is actually on the decline. And that’s a comforting piece of knowledge. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions.
Let Holicong Security help secure your home. Whether it’s video surveillance, smoke/fire alarms or burglar alarm systems, Bucks County residents know they can count on us to protect their homes and families. Contact us today to learn more.