FBI reports a burglary occurs in the United States every 15.4 seconds. That’s almost 4 property crimes a minute. Wow! A burglary can be in a home, park, car, parking lot, gym or place of work.
- Most burglaries occur during the day when everyone’s at work or school.
- Unlocked, unoccupied homes that are off the beaten path have the best escape routes and are big targets.
- Auto break-ins are “crimes of opportunity”. If the bad-guy sees your stuff in the front or back seat they smash and grab.
Home security tips they offer:
- Use solid steel or solid wood doors.
- Trim shrubs to eliminate hiding spots.
- Report suspicious activity in your neighborhood.
- Start a neighborhood watch and get to know your neighbors.
- Inform a few trusted neighbors of any travel plans to assist in the collection of newspapers and mail.
- Install a home security system monitored by law enforcement and consider security cameras too.
Auto security tips they offer:
- Lock you doors and take your keys. Sounds, like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many don’t follow this simple rule.
- Don’t leave valuables exposed. Put them in the trunk or take them with you.
- Don’t leave papers that may have identity data visible.
- Activate alarms, use antitheft wheel locks.
- Carry your registration in your wallet and make photo copies that you keep at home.
- Never leave your engine running and walk away from the car, even if it’s only for a minute.
Robert Siciliano personal security expert to Home Security Source discussing Home Security on NBC Boston.