Everyone likes to assume that their home is safe, and that nothing bad will happen, whether they are there or not. Research can be done, precautions can be taken, and assumptions are made all when it comes to keeping your home safe and secure. However, just like with many other topics, there is a lot of conflicting information out there, and many myths that exist. How do you know what is true and what is not, so you know how to best protect your home? No worries, we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled a list of common myths surrounding home security.
Most Burglaries Happen at Night
This myth can most likely be attributed to how we are presented with break ins in our everyday lives: through video games, movies, and TV shows. In these scenarios, break ins usually always happen in the dead of night, when it is pitch black, and the darkness provides a useful shield from prying eyes.
In reality, only 35% of break ins occur at night. Over 40% of burglaries happen during business hours, and the remaining happen during day hours either before or after work times. This is why it is important to ensure that access points of your home are visible during all times of day.
Most Burglaries Happen When You’re Home
Our guess is that this myth stems from the same source as the previous one. We have become fairly accustomed to seeing burglaries occur when the family is home, and they are startled awake by the sound of breaking glass as an intruder enters.
Though this thought is frightening, burglars would rather be in and out as quick as possible, with the least amount of chance of getting caught. This means picking times to break in when no one is home. Houses that are regularly left empty for extended periods of time make for easier targets.
Most Burglaries Happen Through Windows
Known to be fairly sneaky, most burglars are portrayed as breaking windows to unlatch them and slide in. Usually this involves a more hidden window, such as one to a garage or basement.
In reality, only 4-9% of burglars enter through garage or basement windows. Doors are preferable to windows, making up for 60% of burglaries. 36% of these actually occur through unlocked doors! Make sure you lock up before you head out.
We know there are many more myths that exist about home break ins and home security, but we decided to cover just the most common ones for the time being. Are you ready to step up your security game? Contact our experts today!