According to the FBI, in 2016, there were 1,579,527 burglaries in the United States, causing $3.6 billion in property losses.
When a robber enters a home, chances are they have specific items in mind that they are looking to snatch.
Below, we overview some of the top-targeted items in burglaries and how you can improve home security measures.
Top-Targeted Items in Your Home
Although items may be valuable to you, there are some that are more enticing to burglars. During home break-ins, top-targeted items are:
• Electronic devices (phones, Kindles, cameras, iPods)
• Golf equipment
• Power tools
With a better understanding of targeted items, you can provide extra protection where needed.
Provide Extra Protection for Valuables
Proper home security measures can help protect your valuables. Some security tips:
Lock valuables in a safe with a hard-to-guess code when not using them. For even greater protection, install image sensors near the safe to detect tampering.
Place surveillance cameras in rooms (e.g. the bedroom) where high-valued items such as cash, jewelry or electronics, are stored.
Install an alarm system that connects directly to a monitored alarm center, which will trigger if someone enters your home.
Hide or bring valuable items with you when you are out of town for long periods.
Turn on tracking capabilities on electronic devices (tablets, laptops, smartphones) to locate them if stolen.
Shred receipts and hide packaging (e.g. TV boxes, jewelry store shopping bags, etc.) before throwing away. Don’t advertise how much value is in your home.
Before going to bed or leaving your home, ensure all doors and windows are shut, secured and locked.
Utilize smart locks for increased control over who is entering your home. For example, receive immediate notifications if a door is unlocked.