Inside the mind of a burglar

Crime can be hard to predict. One thing that is clear is that many burglaries are crimes of opportunity, particularly in an economic downturn. Though it can be hard to tell where a burglary will occur, there are steps that you as a homeowner can take to prevent your home from becoming an easy target. Here are a few practical, everyday tips to get the most out of your home security.

-Make sure that all entry points (including windows) are well-secured.

-Keep the front of your house, along with all entry points well lit. Motion activated lights can provide an extra level of attention to home invaders.

-Do not keep the garage door open and unattended, even while you are at home. If criminals are able to see the things you own, they are more likely to target your belongings.

-If you are a pet owner, (or even if you’re not!) a “beware of dog” sign can deter would-be burglars.

-Get to know your neighbors and let them know when you will be away for an extended period of time. This way you will know someone you trust is keeping watch while you’re not home.

-Teach children to check before opening the door for someone.

-If at all possible, park in the driveway rather than on the street. Break-ins often occur overnight involving cars parked on the street.

-Be sure to have the mail and newspaper stopped before you leave town, in order to maintain the appearance of being home.