Tucson unfortunately is not always the safest city. And while there are communities that have less burglary that others, it’s important to be aware of our surroundings to keep safety at a high level. We’ve covered some of these topics in previous posts, but it’s always important to go over the basics for those that have not been exposed to some of these basic concepts and to also provide a refresher for those that have.
How Criminals Case a Home
The number one thing that criminals look for in a home that is worth breaking into is accessibility. When the opportunity to quickly gain access to a home that is likely to contain valuables that is when a home is often times burglarized. These are the primary components of a burglar that is looking for accessibility to a home:
- Are the areas around the home and leading to access points such as doors and windows well-lit? Thieves do not want to spend any time being visible that they don’t have to be. If areas of your home, especially around side entrances or front windows are shrouded in darkness at night with no obvious illumination, you have a problem. Motion activated floodlights around the home can easily solve this problem as a cheap and practical way to deter thieves.
- Does vegetation provide natural cover for someone moving around the home? Ensure that you don’t have large trees and bushes obscuring entrances, windows and doors. This gives a burglar an unlimited amount of time regardless of what time it is to work on breaking in without being seen. Cut back shrubs and bushes to make sure that entrances can be clearly seen from as many vantage points as possible.
- If you don’t have bars on your windows, having clearly visible signage indicating that there is an alarm system present is a crucial part of your security.
If you have not taken some time to inspect the overall shape of your property in these areas, we encourage you to spend some time in the next couple of weeks to address any weak spots. If you’re currently not being protected by a security system and want that layer of protection, then please Reach Out to Central Alarm today!