Some of the Top-Targeted Items in Home Burglaries

September 23rd, 2020



To better protect our homes, it is important to be aware of what we have and what a burglar may be targeting when they zero in on our home and property. Knowing this information can better prepare us as we look for the best home security solutions.

According to the FBI, burglaries of residential properties accounted for $16.4 billion in property loss in 2018, with a staggering 7,196,045 property crimes committed in that timeframe.

When a burglar targets your home and finds a way to access the property, they usually already have a few things in mind that they want to grab as a way to balance the risk with the reward. Think about it. They aren't going to break into a home and risk getting caught if there isn't something of value for them to grab.

So, here is a list of some of the more targeted items in the home a burglar may be interested in.

  • Bicycles
  • Cash
  • Laptops
  • Televisions
  • Cameras
  • Phones
  • Tablets
  • Firearms
  • Power tools
  • Jewelry
  • Sports equipment

This is just a small list of valuables that a burglar may be after. However, even with this small list, you can find ways to improve the protection you have in place for these items while also securing other items you may consider of value to you and your family.

Extra Protection for Your Valuables

Having the right security equipment in place is definitely important. It is a more than effective way to protect your valuables and your family. If you have smaller valuables, consider locking them away securely in a safe. You can even install image sensors near the safe, so you will know if anyone tried tampering with it.

Surveillance cameras are also good additions to any home security package. They can be used indoors and outdoors to watch over some of the more vulnerable areas of your home and property, including the garage. The garage is one of the lesser secured areas because the homeowner can easily overlook it. However, this is where several of the valuables listed above can be found.

A monitored alarm system is also good to have. With a monitored system, you will have 24/7 monitoring of your home and property. If anything happens, you are immediately notified, along with the appropriate authorities. The alarm system connects directly to the monitoring center, so if an alarm is triggered, you will know right away.

If you plan on leaving the home for an extended amount of time, consider taking your valuables with you. You don't want to make things even easier for a burglar. Before leaving, also make sure all the doors and windows are locked and secured, in addition to the garage and shed if you have one.

Above all, never advertise the valuables you have stored away in your home. You don't want to be a billboard for all the burglars in the area.

For more help securing your home, call in the experts at your local security company today.

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