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Top 5 Areas Where your Home is Vulnerable to Invasion

June 4, 2013

Top 5 Areas Where your Home is Vulnerable to Invasion

Home invasion is one of the worst things that can happen. The risk of losing your valuables, or even your life, is a scary thing, and most people increase their home security in an attempt to prevent such a thing from happening.  However, there are several scenarios that can still make your home vulnerable, so it is important to do what you can to avoid them.

Here are the top 5 scenarios that make your home more vulnerable to unwanted intruders:

  • Valuables visible and near the window. If you leave your valuables out in plain view, they are more likely to be seen if someone is looking through your window.  If burglars see something they consider worth stealing, they will try to sneak in and take it. But, if you hide your valuables and conceal them from outside views and through windows, you lessen the likelihood of that happening.  For instance, don’t put your laptop near an open window.  Place your jewelry box in a corner of your bedroom that cannot be seen from your windows.  It’s best to follow the motto of out of sight, out of mind.
  • No fences or gates. Some people don’t bother to put up a fence around their home because they feel confident that they live in a safe community. It may be true that your community is safe, but burglars may consider it an open invitation to look at your home. Without fences or locked gates, anybody can walk around your property. They may hide behind bushes and wait until people leave to strike……they can watch and wait because there is nothing keeping them out.
  • Trees around the property. Would you want someone to climb a tree to enter your home? Of course not. But, that is what burglars may do if they see an open window on the second floor.  If you don’t want any unwanted people sneaking through the window, trim your trees. and keep the branches a safe distance away from the structure of your house.
  • Poor outdoor lighting at night. A very dark alley can be a good place for crime to occur. The same is true for a dark pathway around a home. Shutting your lights off when it is time for bed may be ideal when you are inside, but be sure a lot of them are on if you are going to be walking outside for any reason. Even better, keep a bright light or motion light on until the morning, so anyone who may want to sneak inside can be seen by you and passersby.
  • Unlocked doors and windows. If someone wants to invade your home, they first thing they will check is whether or not you lock your doors and windows.  Leaving your house without locking it up makes it easy for burglars to enter easily. So, make it a habit to double check the locks on your doors and windows before you leave.

Chris George
Oklahoma City Realtor

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