We all want to assume that we’re safe inside our homes, but the truth is that criminals don’t discriminate when it comes to targeting houses to burglarize. There’s no telling if your house or apartment is next on their list.
Unless you have a state-of-the-art security system, everyone is susceptible to being burglarized at some point or another. This is exactly why it’s important to learn everything you can about protecting your home from intruders to prevent that from happening.
Recently, a highly disturbing new trend in home invasion has reared its ugly head… and it could start spreading fast.
Everyone worries about becoming the victim of a break in. Unless you’ve bought the most technologically advanced security system, you could be at risk. That’s exactly why this Facebook post that sheds light on such a problem recently went viral…
The post written by Kim Fleming Cernigliaro of Texas reads: “Two weeks ago, during the day, a hard knock was at my front door, not a regular knock but almost pounding…and I DO NOT answer the door when I am here by myself.”
When the person finally left, Kim said she went to investigate and noticed something strange on the handle of the front door to her home: a rubber band holding the door latch open. She was rather confused at first, as she had no idea why someone would place a rubber band there.
When she told her local sheriff, he told her that this wasn’t the first time someone had reported something like this. “The Sheriff came by yesterday and said this is happening all of a sudden, as soon as you unlatch the door, they do not wait for you to turn the knob, they can bust in on you.”
Kim recommended to “NOT answer doors without knowing who is on the other side.” There are some burglars who use litter to signal how many people live in the house, when they’re away, and other markers. Don’t make your home a target!
West Midlands Police, Wikimedia Commons
One thing that you could do to prevent burglary is to remove any litter outside your home. Properties full of trash can give the impression that you’re not home often, or that you’ve been away for a while.
Here’s an another tip that will actually save you some time and effort: don’t make your bed in the morning. Many burglars, when looking for locations to rob, check the beds. An unmade bed could give the impression that someone is still home.
Obviously, a home security system is ideal to prevent crime, but if you can’t afford it, just getting a sign or sticker indicating that your home is protected could still deter criminals. At the very least, it will keep up an appearance of home security.
Experienced burglars may call you on your bluff, but it’s a risk worth taking because chances are they’ll break in regardless of a security sign if they are really determined. The idea is that a sign would be enough to scare most criminals away, at least.
You may also want to consider investing in some motion-sensitive lights. Remember, criminals can still get nervous! If a light suddenly shines on them, they might get the impression that they’ve been caught and flee the scene.
It may seem obvious to hide your valuables in your sock drawer or a lockbox, but that’s exactly why you should consider moving them someplace more obscure. Who would think to look for your jewelry in your child’s bedroom? The small change could save your family heirlooms!
You might find yourself thinking that people don’t just kick down doors like they do in action movies — burglars do it all the time. Be sure to reinforce your door, either with more wood or by investing in a steel door.
Who knows? You might just thank yourself for doing so some day. At the very least, you’ll sleep better knowing you did everything you could to protect your home from strangers. It never hurts to play it safe when it comes to your family and belongings.
There is still debate as to whether or not criminals are actually putting rubber bands around doors for this reason, but regardless, these tips are guaranteed to help keep you and your family safe!
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