In the United States, a burglary occurs every 15 seconds.1
To keep your family, your new home, and your possessions safe, follow this helpful home security advice. Year-Round Security Smarts
Whether you're going on vacation or going to the grocery store, you should always practice these home security tips to minimize the chance of a break-in.
Break-In Season Reminders
- Ensure your locks have been changed since you moved in. Changing the locks should be priority #1 when moving, since there's no way to know how many copies were made in the past. If you or a family member lose your keys at any point, it's a good idea to change them again.
- 30% of burglaries are through an open or unlocked window or door.2 Keep things closed.
- Do you leave a key in the mailbox? Or under that camouflage rock? Burglars are always on the lookout for hiding spots, so keep your spare keys with trusted people, not in secret places.
- Only 17% of homes in the U.S. have a security system,3 but 100% of homes with them benefit from not being broken into. Installing a security system might also get you a discounted home insurance rate.
- Get motion sensor lights. Warding off people who get close to your home can be a helpful deterrent.
When it comes to break-ins, it's important to be aware of when burglars are most likely to strike.
- According to the FBI, crime rates increase 10% in June, July, and August.4 Make sure you use air conditioner brackets, deadbolts, sliding window locks, and secure windows and doors at night and when you're not home.
- December and January also see a spike in burglaries.
Pro Tip: If you got a new big ticket item like a TV or computer during the holidays, don't leave the box out in front of your house – it's basically an advertisement for a burglar to break in and take it.
Everyone loves a good vacation – including burglars. Take the proper home security measures to keep your home safe while you're away.
- Ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on things while you're away. Tell them to also look out for gardeners or people who generally have access to your house, but aren't scheduled to come by, as burglars aren't always strangers.
- Put your mail on hold at the post office to avoid identity theft.
- Be careful of what you share on social media. One status update or photo could tip off a burglar that your home is empty and unguarded.
- Consider installing smart home security products, like Vivint5 or August6, to actively monitor your home while traveling.
7Deadbolts and fire extinguishers also qualify for savings.