Your home is your sanctuary.
It’s where you relax and unwind, build your family, and create memories that last a lifetime.
But as a homeowner, there are plenty of things you have to consider to ensure you have a safe and secure place to live. Things that are often uncomfortable or scary to think about.
Probably the most unsettling situation to imagine is someone breaking into your home, violating your most sacred personal space.
It’s not very fun, but thinking about these things allows us to take the proper safety precautions and protect ourselves from the worst-case scenario.
So, follow along as we go over essential tips to cultivate not just security and emergency preparedness, but peace of mind.
Home Robberies: The Need-to-Know Statistics
Fortunately, we’ve seen a big decline in burglaries in the past ten years. But there are still around 2.65 million every year, with about 1.65 million being home burglaries.
When you do the math, that works out to one every nineteen seconds.
According to Alarms.org, home robberies are more likely to occur between 6am and 6pm, when people are most commonly out of the house. And homes lacking a security system are a whopping 300% more likely to be targeted.
Even more shocking, 27.6% of the time, someone is still home during a robbery. Aside from the obvious risk of stolen property and damage, having a loved one present during a dangerous situation like this poses a severe threat to their health and safety…
So, How Can You Protect Your Home?
A study by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte found that 83% of burglars check for signs of an alarm system before attempting a home robbery. And of that 83%, 60% said they would look elsewhere if they found evidence suggesting there was.
So, one of the best ways to make your home a no-go for would-be intruders is to invest in a home security system.
Plenty of well-known companies like Vivint and ADT will install and set everything up for you, but a DIY system can work just as well. As long as you have cameras in plain sight, potential burglars will see you have safety measures in place and keep moving.
Need some time to save up for a security system? In the meantime, get yourself a set of dummy cameras and place them around your house to discourage any incidents.
Now, aside from technology, there are several effective ways to minimize your risk of a home invasion. From Alarms.org, here are some helpful guidelines to follow:
- Remove any overgrown foliage or other obstructions that can provide cover for an intruder.
- Always make sure to secure sliding doors with a dowel rod or board to prevent them from opening – even when unlocked.
- For added protection, install metal or solid wood doors and add a strong deadbolt. You can even invest in a chain bolt latch for an extra line of defense.
- If you have a front entryway or porch, always keep them locked. The closer they can get to your main entrances, the more cover they have to break in.
- Whenever you’re home alone and choose to answer the door, call a friend first or act like you’re on the phone. Knowing that someone else is listening will discourage any potential burglars from invading your home.
- Develop a relationship with your neighbors so you can keep an eye on each other’s homes. Having an extra pair of eyes can provide additional security and peace of mind, especially when you’re out of town.
Knowing What to Expect
On average, home burglaries take anywhere from eight to ten minutes and cost about $2,000 in stolen property. This makes rapid response absolutely crucial.
If you’re sure a burglary is happening at your home, calling 911 can actually slow you down.
By the time you tell the operator your address, what’s going on, and try to describe the suspect, the robbery will likely be more than halfway over.
With a home security system, you can rest assured that you’ll be contacted if there’s a breach. But again, this takes up valuable time. These companies are required to call you and verify that the situation isn’t a false alarm before sending the authorities.
That’s why a mobile medical alert system like the Rescu app is an essential part of any home security plan.
Quickly & Quietly Alert the Police With Rescu
Rescu stores up to four of your addresses and an unlimited amount of emergency contacts within the app.
If a burglar breaks into your home – whether you’re present or thousands of miles away – you can dispatch the police to any address and notify all of your emergency contacts with just two taps on your smartphone.
No phone calls necessary.
By eliminating the need to talk with a dispatcher, Rescu provides not only the fastest way to get help in an emergency, but the safest as well. If you don’t want intruders to know where you are, calling 911 can be extremely dangerous.
With the Rescu app, you can quickly send an alert on your phone without making a sound, and the private UL-Certified monitoring center will dispatch help right away.
This revolutionary medical alert system is perfect for any homeowner looking to protect themselves and their loved ones.
And at just $7 a month, peace of mind has never been more affordable. Click below to download the Rescu app today, and look out for the launch of our new GPS-based subscription coming very soon!