In California, property crimes don’t get as much news media attention as violent crimes. However, the incidence of property crime, a category that includes burglary and home invasions, has always been higher than violent crime. According to statistics compiled by the Public Policy Institute of California in 2017, 18 percent of all property crimes were burglaries, and the majority of these incidents didn’t involve violence. Quite a few home robberies are unsuccessful, and many are perpetrated by individuals who are familiar with the occupants.
Home invasions and burglaries can be prevented when property owners take certain precautions, such as those that follow.
Surprise Nocturnal Thieves
Most nonviolent home invasions take place between the hours of 10am and 3pm. This is the preferred shift of sophisticated thieves who only break into unoccupied properties without leaving a trace. Burglars who operate at night are more likely to be violent, but they’ll probably back off if they’re surprised by a motion sensor that triggers an outdoor floodlight. Smart lighting systems that can be programmed to turn on and off at various times through the night can also help in this regard.
Install a Home Security System
A professionally installed and monitored home security system is one of the best lines of defense in terms of deterring burglars. Sophisticated home invasion crews won’t attempt to break into properties protected by these systems, but they can also recognize systems that were cheaply installed on a DIY basis by homeowners. Home security systems have the added advantage of reducing premiums for homeowners insurance. National City residents should consider investing in high-quality home security systems as an added benefit.
Move into a Protected Neighborhood
Security is a major selling point of gated communities, condominium towers, and apartment complexes. If this concern is high on your list, consider moving into a neighborhood that provides physical security. When evaluating the security services of a neighborhood, inquire about the training of their staff and established procedures such as roving patrols. Whether security guards are armed or not is irrelevant. It’s more important to know if they check people coming into the neighborhood and if they closely monitor entry points.
Prevention is an effective way to deter burglars and gain peace of mind for your family. Following the tips above may help you feel safer, and so will knowing your belongings and home are well insured. For reliable, affordable homeowners, renters, auto, motorcycle, or commercial insurance, count on Altra Insurance Services to fill all your needs. Call us today at (800) 719-9972.