Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Building Security

Tis The Season

For break-ins that is. According to the FBI, a burglary occurs somewhere in the United States every 15.4 seconds. This occurrence only grows more frequent around the Holidays when thieves know homes are stocked with new electronics and families are gone for long periods of time. It might be time to make sure that your home is properly secured for this holiday season.

Tips and Tricks

  • Plan to "burglarize" yourself. You'll discover any weaknesses in your security system that may have previously escaped your notice.
  • If you lose your keys, change the locks immediately.
  • Don't leave notes for service people or family members on the door. These act as a welcome mat for a burglar.
  • Ask for credentials from any sales-person who requests entry to your home. Ask that their ID be pushed under the door. Many professional burglars use this cover to check out homes. If you're doubtful, check with the person's office before letting him or her in.
  • To help burglar-proof your home, install 1-inch throw deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
  • Do not leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants or any other obvious outdoor location. Thieves will generally find them. Find an inconspicuous place to hide the keys, or give a set to a neighbor you can trust

What If?

In the unfortunate event of a break-in, the best solution is to call 911 and get help. Now is not the time to be a hero and confront them; a surprised burglar is more likely to act violently. Always have a plan in place and remember to think clearly. Do you have a story of a theft or a break-in at your house? We'd love to feature you on an upcoming follow up article. Leave a comment below, shoot us a tweet @MAcondoMGMT on Twitter or post on our wall on Facebook

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