Do your lower-level windows put your home at risk for a break-in?
According to data gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, burglaries are declining. Still, based on the statistics of reported burglaries in 2012, an incident occurs once every 15 seconds in the United States.
It’s important to evaluate whether your home is an attractive target to a potential burglar. If it is, you will want to take proactive steps to reduce the chances of a break-in on your property.
Burglary Versus Robbery
A robbery occurs when a person uses violence or the threat of violence to take an item that belongs to another person. A burglary is defined differently. Burglaries are classified as unlawful entrance of a building or structure with the intent to commit a crime. The crime the burglars intend to commit may not be theft, and they do not have to carry out their plan.
Burglary Prevention Measures
Some burglaries are carried out on a whim, while others are the result of a carefully planned scheme. Burglars will comb neighborhoods looking for homes that display easy-entrance characteristics like an accessible or unlocked window or door.
While basements only accounted for 4 percent of burglary entrance points in 2010, your goal is to cause that percentage to drop to zero for your home.
- First, make sure you trim all bushes in front of your basement windows. The burglar will have nowhere to hide if a bystander passes while they are in the process of breaking in.
- Second, remove all indoor furniture from underneath basement windows. Don’t make it easier for the burglar to pass through the window safely to the ground floor of your basement.
- Third install a window well cover over deep basement windows. Even though covers do not lock, due to fire safety reasons, they may deter a burglar from using the window as an entrance point. The burglar will not be able to see clearly into the basement, and they may hesitate to pick up and move a cover for fear of discovery.Additionally, burglars only spend between eight to 12 minutes in a home, and time spent on window well cover removal will slow them down and increase their chances of getting caught.
- Fourth, install a security system on your property. Burglaries are 2.7 times more likely to occur at properties with no alarm system. Prominently display system decals on windows and put a sign in your yard.
- Lastly, make sure your property is adequately lit at night. While almost 50 percent fewer burglaries happen at night, automatic lights in your yard, driveway, front and back of house could keep burglars away.
To find the ideal window well cover to reduce your chances of a basement break-in, contact Windowell Expressions today for an evaluation and estimate.