Deadbolt locks came to be used sometime in the 1960s. That is when residential burglaries started to descent. By 1970s, more and more homes started using deadbolts and burglaries went on declining steadily. About 25% of US homes use electronic security systems today. Other anti-burglary measures include unbreakable glass and superior lock technology.
However, even though burglaries are declining, nearly 1.5 million homes were burgled in the year 2006, according to FBI Uniform Crime Reports. Police often go through a tough time in tracking down burglars, thanks to their shockingly notorious minds.
There are actually a few factors that you can keep in your mind when pondering over the prevention of burglaries happening at your home.
Do not be a show-off
No one can disagree that what you leave outside your house can say a lot about your financial position. A bicycle or a scooter in the yard may be a given a pass, but if you leave the carton of a new plasma TV you just bought, you may be inviting onlookers. Also, it might not be a good idea to flash expensive items from your window. While you may want to show them off to your neighbors, you may also be attracting attention of potential burglars.
Think of some tricks
It is common sense that burglars usually do not attempt to break in to houses that look ‘filled in’. So, it is a good idea to create an illusion before leaving your house that someone is still there. Leaving a light on, or the music system or the television are some of the handy measures. If you want to save up on electricity, you can always think about using compact fluorescent lights that last longer.
Do not leave a spare key outside
Leaving house keys outside the door is an idea that has been tried by millions. However, with burglars getting smarter each day, it is high time we should discard this idea. It practically works as an open invitation to a stranger to walk inside. It is a better idea to leave your house key with a trusted neighbor or a friend.
Keep your yard protected
Overgrown shrubs and trees facilitate burglars to hide and wait for an opportunity to get into a house. Now, no one is asking you to get rid of your precious plants. Keeping them manicured, however, is highly recommended. This measure is called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.