As the summer season kicks into full swing, many Arizona residents are preparing for their holiday vacations with family and friends. Whether you’re planning a long weekend away for the Fourth of July or you’re headed out of town for several weeks on a well-deserved break from your daily responsibilities, it’s essential that you plan ahead for your absence. This means that in addition to investing in a comprehensive home insurance policy, you should be taking additional steps to protect your home and valuables from burglars. Keep reading to learn more about how you can help to prevent your home from becoming a target while you’re away.
7 Home Invasion Facts That Every Arizona Homeowner Should Know
1. Burglars Avoid Homes with Alarms
Recent studies show that close to 60% of burglars will avoid homes that have a security system in place. In fact, if they notice that a home has a security alarm, they will likely target a nearby neighbor who doesn’t have a home security system installed. So, while you can’t always deter them from your neighborhood altogether, you can hopefully keep them moving past your home with an alarm system set up.
2. Most Home Invasions Take Place During the Day
While it’s easy to envision the classic scene of a few bonehead burglars breaking into homes with flashlights way into the early morning hours, most burglars target homes between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. This is often the most opportune time for home invasions because mot Mesa residents are at work or in school during the day.
3. Most Burglars are Already Familiar with Your Neighborhood
It may be more comforting to believe that burglars travel from far and wide to break into local homes. But the reality is, they typically leave close to the neighborhoods they target. By living close to your home, they are better able to learn your schedule and check for signs that you’re on vacation—such as newspapers piling up or an un-mowed lawn.
4. Most Burglaries Happen Fast
According to research, most burglars can get in and out of a home within 10 minutes. They always look for homes that are easy targets and plan for a quick escape. This means that the more difficult you can make it for someone to enter your home without your permission, the less likely you are to be a target for invaders.
5. Most Burglars Enter Without Causing Damage
Did you know that 30% of burglars are able to enter homes through an unlocked window or door? First-floor windows are a huge target for burglars, especially if they are at least partially obscured by overgrown trees of other vegetation.
6. The Master Bedroom is the Main Target
The majority of burglars make a beeline directly for the master bedroom because this is where they hope to find valuable jewelry, electronics, weapons, and stashes of cash. They know to look under mattresses and in closets for your most prized possessions. To add an extra layer of protection for your most valuable items, you may want to consider investing in safe and hide your valuables in other, less obvious areas of your home.
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Finalizing your summer vacation plans now and want to make sure your home insurance policy really has you covered? Call (480) 839-8488 to learn more about our comprehensive personal insurance options and be sure to visit us online today to request a free quote.