The holidays. We love them. Homes everywhere are festively decorated and packed with gifts and goodies. Unfortunately, these homes — and your home — are a gold mine for the creative burglar.
A 2017 Ooma.com home security report says 63% of our homes are at risk for burglary. And the loss suffered from a burglary goes deeper than just losing things. The telecommunications company said with a burglary our sense of security goes away as well.
Ooma talked with 1,000 people about how they protect their homes. Company data miners found 16% of that 1,000 have been burglarized. When probed a little deeper, those who’ve been burgled told Ooma the factors they thought contributed to the thefts and the home invasions. Here’s what they said:
• 7% said they live in an apartment
• Victims noted fire escapes and sliding doors make for easy access if not properly secured
• Burglars can also walk an apartment house corridor and not seem out of place
• Apartments tend to be smaller than a house and burglars can cover more territory more quickly
By the way. Most apartment dwellers rent and the Bureau of Justice Statistics say renters have nearly double the number of burglaries.
• 8% of burglary victims say open windows are how burglars gained access
• 60% of the 1,000 surveyed say they leave windows open when they are away
• 15% of the 60% say they simply forget to close them
• 15% say they leave windows open during warmer weather
An Open Door
• 14% of burglary victims say the robbery happened because of an unlocked door
• The Ooma home security survey found 42% of those burgled leave their doors unlocked when away from home
• 14% do so because they’re going to return quickly
• 12% say they just forget
In 2012 the FBI said 34% of burglars entered homes through an opened door.
Home Security Systems
• Just 37% of us — according to Ooma statistics — have home security systems
• That puts about six out of 10 of us at risk
• Homes without security systems — the FBI says — are 300% more likely to suffer a break in
• 16% of the burglary victims say they don’t have home security systems
Where You live — the Neighborhood or Surroundings
• 24% of the people Ooma surveyed say where they live — the neighborhood or surroundings — put them at greater risk
There are — say the experts — ways to protect yourself no matter where you live. A home security system is one. But if that is unaffordable there are other things you can do.
• Lock doors
• Lock windows
• Keep lights on inside — that makes it harder to tell if anyone is home or not
• More exterior lights make it easier for burglars to be seen
Source link: PropertyCasualty360.com