Thanks to technology and innovative security measures, homeowners don’t have to become a part of the burglary statistic. The Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association offers homeowners insight into the mind of a burglar, along with tips for reducing the risk of a burglary.
Most home burglaries can be classified as random opportunistic acts – not planned events. Homeowners can protect against burglary by looking at the weaknesses of their home from a burglar’s point of view. Here are a few questions a burglar might ask when deciding on a house to target.
Is anyone home?
The first thing many burglars do is check to see if anyone is home. Sometimes the burglar will simply knock on the front door. If someone answers, he or she may make up an excuse for the disturbance, such as being lost and needing directions. If the knock at the door goes unanswered, the burglar may turn the door knob to test for an unlocked or easily accessible door.
Traditional locks aren’t always the answer to home protection. On average, burglars will spend no more than 60 seconds on defeating locks to gain entry to a home. To better protect their homes, homeowners should consider upgrading to deadbolts and reinforcing the frame of their front door to make a break-in more strenuous for the burglar.
Is the home equipped with an alarm system?
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To aid them in their security needs, The Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association urges homeowners to enlist a security company that is a member of The Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association. The Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association member companies are experienced professionals and must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct. To ensure maximum protection, a Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association member company will recommend and install a system that accommodates both the features of the home and the homeowner’s lifestyle. Homeowners can find a Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association member company in their area by visiting www.llssa.org.
Will anyone notice?
Burglars tend to target homes that they can get away from easily without detection. For a burglar, an ideal home would be located in a dark, lifeless neighborhood with good hiding places and escape paths, such as overgrown bushes or trees in the yard.
Hiding areas can be eliminated by keeping the landscaping neatly trimmed and using an enhanced security system complete with timed or remotely-controlled lights and surveillance. These sophisticated systems give homeowners the ability to set timers and control various aspects of their homes via a smartphone, tablet or other web-enabled device.
This technology, also known as smart home technology, is in high-demand among homeowners because of its convenient features. With smart home technology, homeowners can control indoor or outdoor lights, lock and unlock doors, arm their security system, and monitor activity within the home through surveillance cameras all via the web. Enhanced home control systems blend elements of security and accessibility to provide homeowners with maximum protection against burglary.
By thinking like a burglar and using enhanced technology to reinforce security at home, homeowners can protect their property and keep their family safe from crime.
The Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association, established in 1991, is a trade association for Electronic Security Professionals who do business in the State of
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