How to Protect Your Home From a Robbery

Coming home to find your valuables have been stolen is traumatic, and unfortunately, it’s an experience that one out of 50 home owners will experience at some point regardless of where you live- Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma. Thankfully, there are several effective, simple, and inexpensive steps you can take to protect your home from a robbery. The following preventive measures will help you keep your home more secure and deal with the aftermath of a robbery.

  1. Inventory your valuables:

    In the event of a home robbery, the police and your insurance company are going to need a list of each item of yours that has been stolen. So before you get robbed, create a detailed inventory of your stuff using an Excel worksheet or better yet, free software that allows you to record descriptions and upload photos of your valuables. A detailed inventory will also help you get a quicker and larger reimbursement from your insurance company.

  2. Be careful with your trash:

    Nothing says “rob me” like that big empty box that contained your brand new flat-screen television that’s now outside with your trash. Thieves keep an eye out for discarded packaging for high-end expensive consumer items such as computer equipment and home entertainment products. Break up packaging for these large, expensive items and take it to an alternate location, such as a recycling center or a dumpster behind a supermarket.

  3. Install outdoor lights:

    A simple front and back porch light can go a long way when it comes to preventing night time burglaries. Flood lights on timers or installed with motion sensors will shine an unwanted light on anyone snooping around your yard.

  4. Know your neighbors:

    In many parts of the country, people complain they never see or speak to their neighbors, even when they live just next door. Take time to get to know your immediate neighbors and familiarize yourself with their respective daily schedules. Home owners who feel a sense of community are more likely to call the police if they see suspicious activity on a neighbor’s property.

  5. Put lights, TV, and radio on timers:

    When you’re not at home, it makes sense to keep a light or two on inside. Buying a few programmable timers that will turn on and off your lights as well as radios and TVs is an inexpensive way to keep potential burglars guessing as to whether or not someone is at home. Sure they may knock on the door, but more likely, the lights and inside noise will deter them from selecting your home to rob.

  6. Have insurance:

    Finally, even after you’ve installed outdoor flood lights, the most high-tech of home alarm systems, put bars on your windows, and bred and trained a pair of German shepherds as guard dogs, you still, in a rush to get to work, may forget to lock your front door. Oops. This is where home insurance comes in. After a robbery, file a police report as soon as you can, and then contact your insurance company. They’ll want to see that detailed inventory of your stuff we told you to make. If you’re a renter buy renters insurance, which can cost as little as $15 a month and will cover you in the event of theft, vandalism, and smoke damage.

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