The Federal Bureau of Investigation has just released the preliminary statistics saying that violent crime looks to be at a 1.7 percent increase in 2016. In 2015, we saw ‘an estimated 8,277,829 property crimes reported. Financial losses suffered by victims of these crimes were calculated at approximately $14.3 billion.’ Pittsburgh, is lucky enough to see a low increase, the numbers are still shockingly high and we begin to ask ourselves; how do we stop burglaries and protect our homes?
To keep your family safe you need a security system in place but this doesn’t necessarily mean an expensive system. Many robbers are opportunists, so start by locking all your doors and windows. If your home isn’t easy enough to get into they may move on to one that is easier to get into. To further deter burglars, put a home security sign up. This will leave robbers believing that lights and sirens are going to go off as soon as they touch your front door. A home installed security light or camera will make this look more legitimate. It will greatly increase your chances that they will move along.
If you have a little investment you have many more options as far as keeping your home safe. An advanced, wireless security system is always the best route, alarming you if a window is broken or the perimeter is breached. The benefit of a wireless system is that burglars don’t have the ability to cut the wires and render the system useless. Many home security system companies have ways to make them affordable for everyone, but it’s still not always possible.
Even so, there are still many options to keep your home safe. My personal favorite is a security door wedge, it sounds an alarm if the door is opened. Another option is motion sensing lights. Dare to use solar and eliminate the need for wires here. These are both obtainable for under $100. Place a 2×4 sized to fit in the jam for you sliding glass door as a backup for your lock, and upgrade to a deadbolt on all of your doors. Don’t forget second hand, try Pittsburgh Craigslist and Freecycle or thrift stores if buying new isn’t an option.
Security is not for the rich, if you take all the necessary steps you can protect your home and family regardless of budget.