8 Ways You May be Inviting Intruders Into Your Home
According to the FBI, the average financial loss from a burglary is more than $2,000
Despite taking every precaution, some homeowners unwittingly attract burglars to their property. Here’s how.
Your home is dark
Criminals steer clear of a well-illuminated house. Leave on porch lights to discourage burglars from approaching entry doors, and install bright motion-detector lights around your home’s perimeter to dissuade them from searching for an open window.
No cars in driveway
Criminals prefer breaking into vacant houses, so empty driveways are an open invitation for a robbery. Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway when you go on vacation—especially if you’ll be gone for more than a few days.
After checking the front door, thieves often check for unlocked windows, which serve as an easy entry point. Before you leave the house and before you go to bed, close and lock all windows on the ground floor as well as second-floor windows that could be relatively easily accessed. Also, close the drapes so would-be intruders can’t scope out the contents of your interior, as any expensive object in plain sight may tempt them.
An overgrown lawn and poorly maintained landscaping indicate that residents may be away on an extended vacation. Additionally, overgrown bushes can offer protective cover for intruders as they break into your home.
Criminals scour social media for future targets. Posting your travel plans on Facebook or Instagram is akin to putting a big sign in your front yard announcing that you’ll be gone.
Stuffing the mail box
Ask a neighbor or friend to stop by your home daily to pick up mail, newspapers and packages. This type of clutter is a dead giveaway that you’re gone.
Leaving the garage door open
In addition to risking your belongings being taken from your garage, chances of the door to the house being unlocked are pretty good.