We want to teach you how to secure your farmhouse from burglars, thieves, and other criminals.
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These tips and strategies are meant as guidelines, and not as a guarantee against crime. Always discuss security with local law enforcement and your system installer.
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Property crimes continue to be among the most reported.
Here are a few statistics to kick-off our discussion:
87% of home break-ins are preventable.
A home is burglarized every 13 seconds.
2.5 million homes are broken into annually in the USA.
34% of burglars enter through the front door.
23% of burglars enter through a first floor window.
Typical burglary lasts between 90 seconds and 12 minutes.
13% of burglars get caught and arrested.
28% of burglaries happen when someone is home.
July and August are the months citing the most burglaries.
30% of burglars enter through an unlocked door or window.
Typical burglars live within 2 miles and know the victims personally.
Many burglars look for dark houses, with high grass and stacks of newspapers.
A loud radio or TV deters many burglars.
Outdoor lights and cameras deter many burglars.
Many burglars read the victim's social media page to see if they are away from home.
Security signs deter many burglars.
Over 3,700,000 burglaries are recorded annually. Many of them go unsolved and leave their victims traumatized and mentally scarred.
Therefore, every household should take home security seriously. Living on a secluded farm makes this even more important. Security could save you and your family's lives.
Every home and area has unique security threats to consider. To counter these threats, you must get in the mindset of a burglar. This is the only way you can identify security threats, review your defense, and prevent potential break-ins.
Here are a few smart tips you can do today.
Burglars want an easy way in.
Typically, they try to break in through the doors.
In over a third of all burglary cases, the thief entered through an unlocked door. It is estimated that roughly 20% of Americans still leave their doors unlocked. This gives burglars easy entry.
Make it a habit to always lock your doors when you walk inside and when you leave.
Also make sure that all doors, both exterior and interior, are kept locked. If you have sliding doors, install a glass break sensor and/or a dowel in the track.
You should also invest in reliable door locks, such as a deadbolt. Some homes have double locks.
Many go the extra mile and install smart locks that can be automatically controlled by using a smartphone.
Windows are another popular way for burglars to get into a farmhouse.
Many burglars enter through an unlocked window. First-floor windows being the most popular.
It is easy to forget to lock windows. When the weather is nice, many people leave the windows open to get fresh air. This presents a great opportunity for burglars.
Always lock the windows. You can also invest in window break sensors or window security film.
If you want to get some fresh air, use window stops, and do not open them all the way.
Burglars are attracted to homes that look like everyone is gone.
Keeping lights on when you leave lowers the risk of burglary.