Homeowners, in their endless quest to make their home as comfortable as possible, may inadvertently invite criminals to execute theft in their homes. How can they prevent these property crimes?
You want your home to be as comfortable as possible for you and your family and friends. But these habits of cleanliness and organization may be inviting criminals into your home–that is, at least, how they will read the signs. Fortunately, there are certain steps you can take to reduce the chance of property crimes occurring on your premise. Here are a few ways that homeowners can prevent property crimes.
- Security Alarm System – Security systems have a variety of features that can fit any budget. The majority of these have smartphone surveillance which means you will get an alert when there is a break-in–no matter your budget.
- Lock the Portals – Your portals–that is, your windows and doors–should be locked at all times, even if you are in the home. Your front, back, garage, and any other doors your home may have should always be closed. This goes double for the windows, especially windows that are on the first floor.
- Maintain Your Landscape – A landscape that is unkempt presents thieves with hiding spots. Make sure to mow your lawn, and keep the bushes and shrubs well-kept to remove those hiding spots.
- Careful with Your Garbage – Your garbage may tell more about you than you would think. If you recently purchased a brand-new television, don’t throw the entire box into the recycling. This is a giant signal to thieves that says, “We bought a brand-new TV. Come and get it!” Tear up the box and make sure that the pieces of cardboard that advertise the television are invisible.
The only way you can protect yourself against any property crimes that may occur in your home, is by owning the right home insurance policy. Contact Purves & Associates Insurance Services for all of your insurance needs.