How Safe is Your Home from Break-Ins?

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Real Estate Agent with ERA Elite Ventures Realty

Ahhhh! At the end of a busy day, who doesn't look forward to the surge of well being that comes with closing the door behind you, finally able to relax now that the world is at bay. Whether living in apartments or homes, everyone deserves that feeling of safety and security. Yet, like most everything else, real security has to be earned.

In the area of home security, we've come across both good and bad news. The good: the most recent FBI report shows that the number of burglaries is decreasing across the nation. The bad: burglaries are still responsible for 23% of property crimes, and total losses for those were estimated at more than $15,000,000,000. That's billion.  Fortunately, a few very simple actions can reduce the chances that any of our Columbus, GA homes will become one of those statistics.

Close and Lock Doors and Windows

This may seem obvious, but the FBI reports that burglars don't use force in about a third of homes hit by burglaries. If a criminal can gain easy access through an open or unlocked window or door -- including the garage door -- his job becomes that much easier…and, from his point of view, that much safer (yes, burglars are safety-conscious!). Since most burglaries take place during the day, local homes will be significantly more secure if their owners remember to check the windows and doors whenever they leave.

Opt For Deadbolt Locks

Most people don't realize how flimsy most front door locks actually are. While no lock is impenetrable, deadbolts take longer to break. Since burglars look for the easiest way to enter homes, most will give up and find homes with more vulnerable locks.  This seems a small detail, but thoughtful protection like this can be a selling point for Columbus, GA homes whenever their owners decide to put them up for sale. 

Install a Home Security System

Whether a simple burglar alarm or a complex system with motion sensors, window and door sensors, surveillance cameras and even 24/7 off-site monitoring, burglars who find that they are expected know they will be risking arrest. It's why statistics show that just having a security sign out front can help deter break-ins.  The cost of security systems can be partially offset by a discount (usually 5% - 10%) from your home's insurer.

An important part of owning homes is protecting them - and "the buck stops" with you, the owner. I hope you will consider me a trusted resource for Columbus, GA area home maintenance and security-related referrals anytime! 

If you’re considering selling or buying a home in the Columbus, GA area call me at 706-442-1084 or click here! It can make all the difference!

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Carey Scott
ERA Elite Ventures Realty
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Great points reminding us all to cover the basics for home security. I'd add that you want to be smart with who you let in your home. That random window salesman asking to come in may just be scouting out your home for later.
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Great information in your blog Carey. I am a Safety Consultant out here in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, WA) area. Please read my blog when you get time.

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