Each year in the U.S. there are more than five million home
burglaries. Nine out of ten of these crimes are preventable. The risk of being burglarized
can be greatly reduced by taking simple steps to make your home more difficult to enter
and less enticing to would-be burglars. Remember the greatest weapons in the
fight to prevent burglaries are light, time and noise .
Make it time-consuming for a burglar to break into your home by :
Other tips to prevent break-ins:
Just in Case...
Sometimes, all your efforts won't stop a determined burglar. It's
wise to take some precautions that will help you get your property back should a criminal
successfully break into your home:
|Make a list of your belongings (be sure to keep receipts, especially
for expensive items like stereos and computers). Be sure to update this list periodically.
|Keep copies of your inventory list and receipts in a safe deposit box
or with a friend. (This is also important in the event of a house fire.)
|Photographing and/or videotaping your possessions is a convenient way
to keep a record of what you own. |
|Engrave your valuables with an identification or mark to deter
burglary and to prove ownership should the article be stolen and recovered by the police.
|Be sure you have the right coverage. You may need to purchase
additional coverage to protect special items like expensive jewelry or rare antiques.
|If you don't own your home, seriously consider buying a renter's
policy. Your landlord will generally not be responsible for your possessions. Rental
coverage is available at competitive rates and these policies also offer important
protection against liability and losses due to fire or storm damage.|
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