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Smart Home Security Tips For Preventing Break-Ins

The average loss from a home break-in is $2,185–that’s a pretty decent vacation, several car payments or a few college classes. Why risk losing that amount when you could keep yourself and belongings safe with a few simple safety tips? As public adjusters in Philadelphia, we’ve seen our share of property theft, and have learned some easy ways for you to protect your assets.

Reinforce locks. This is perhaps the most obvious piece of advice but surprisingly few homeowners seem to follow it. Getting lazy about your locks is an invitation for burglars to waltz right on in. In fact, the majority of break-ins occur through the front door.

Make sure all of your door locks are outfitted with a deadbolt or, at the very least, a dead latch, which prevents thieves from slipping a credit card orshi into your lock. Don’t forget sash locks for upper-floor windows and steel jammers for sliding door tracks.

Keep expensive items out of view. That swanky new flat-screen or the home gym in your basement could be tempting to potential thieves. Maybe they won’t be bold enough to steal your TV, but if you leave an expensive new model visible in the window, or even leave the box it came in on the sidewalk for recycling, thieves might be curious about what you have stashed in your jewelry box or safe.

Light up. A darkened property is a haven for burglars, and dangerous for you. Scare off criminals with adequate external lighting that hits all corners of your property.
Get a security system, or the illusion of one. Law enforcement officials agree that most criminals who are scoping out neighborhoods for potential targets will avoid a house with security company signs. Of course, the most secure course of action is to actually install one that detects forced entry. If that’s not in your budget, however, placing a security company sign in your front yard and decals on your windows are a cheap thief-deterrent.
Get rid of your spare keys. Hiding an extra key under a doormat or flower pot isn’t as clever as you think it is. Thieves can find these easily. Instead, leave a spare key with a trusted neighbor.
Know your neighbors. Speaking of which, if you don’t have any trusted neighbors, try to find some. Studies show that communities with strong bonds among neighbors have lower crime rates, most likely because neighbors are more inclined to watch out for each other. Bake a pie, invite someone over for coffee–whatever it takes to make some friends in your neighborhood.

If you’re the victim of theft on your property, call Citiwide Adjusters, the best public adjuster in Philadelphia, immediately to get the highest settlement possible from your insurance company.

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