Did you know that statistically a burglary occurs in the United States every 14.4 seconds? (At least according to the FBI.) As a season full of holiday-related travel approaches, are you doing what you can to adequately secure your home while you're gone?
According to data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, burglaries accounted for an estimated $4.8 billion in lost property in 2011, with an average individual loss of $2,185. The affects go beyond money. As a person who's been the victim of a burglary, there's an accompanying feeling of violation that takes some time to shake.
A burglary occurs in the United States every 14.4 seconds? (At least according to the FBI.)
As the Philadelphia Police Blog puts it, security is a mindset, but it doesn't have to be a burden. Simple things like setting some lights on timers can make a big difference. Take some time to consider your worst-case scenario in a burglary and do something to prevent it. If that leads you to back up your computer or take a quick inventory of your belongings—great.
Whether you're going away for ten days or two nights, here are some more simple things you do to secure your home:
The last thing you want to have to deal with while you're gone is a broken-into home. The holiday season can be stressful enough.
No matter where you travel, do what you can to keep your family and your home safe.
Brianne is a communications specialist for Foremost. She grew up around classic cars, has a soft spot for all things automobile, and dreams about owning a Corvette Sting Ray (C2) someday. She's also been known to tackle a home DIY project or twenty. Brianne's insatiable thirst for knowledge gives her plenty to write about and makes her a fairly formidable trivia opponent. She hopes you get as much out of her posts as she got researching them.