26 Aug Things Burglars Look for When Casing Homes
In our last blog post we talked about how a home watch & concierge service can protect your home from burglars. In addition to handling all of the standard things that home watch services do (ie: checking for signs of mice, bugs, water damage, leaks and making sure that your appliances are in working order), they also take steps to make your home appear as if it’s being lived in. This includes simple things such as making sure the lawn and shrubbery stays manicured, that junk mail and flyers are removed from your porch / lawn, and that your houseplants are watered.
They also check to make sure that your windows and doors are locked. If you’re on your way to the airport and you think you forgot to lock something, there’s no need to fret. Your home watch service will have your back.
If you have questions about the types of things that burglars look for when they’re choosing which homes to target, and how a home watch service can help keep your home safe, read on.
Lights, shrubs and easy access
Late last year, a network news channel interviewed more than 5 dozen convicted burglars to ask what they look for in houses, condos, and apartments. The first– was easy access.
For example, are there shrubs or bushes to hide in? Does the home have exterior motion lighting? Is there a side or back door that’s unlocked, where they can gain access to a home and not be seen? When you work with a home watch service, you can rest assured that the light bulbs in your motion lighting will be changed if needed, you’ll be alerted if you have shrubs or bushes that need to be trimmed, and that your entryways are locked and secured.
In recent years, there have been a marked uptick in knock-knock burglaries. For this type of crime, the burglar will knock at the front door. If someone answers, they pretend to be at the wrong house. If no one answers, this is often a sure-fire sign that no one is home. The best way to protect yourself from this type of crime is to install a video doorbell system.
These types of systems will send a notification to your smartphone when someone is at your front door. You’ll not only receive video imaging of whoever is there, you’ll be able to speak to them through a loudspeaker. Video doorbell systems allow you to “answer” your front door from anywhere you have a WI-fi connection, regardless as to whether you’re at home, the office, the beach, or out of state.
If you’d like to have a system installed, but you’re not going to be back in SWFL for several weeks or months, your home watch service can help.
For more information about the benefits of hiring a home watch service, call Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge today to learn more.