Myth: Burglars break in through discreet areas, like the back of the house.
Fact: Securing the back of your house is important, as first floor windows and the back door are among the top targets for burglars. But shockingly, the most common point of entry for home burglaries happens to be through the . Install deadbolts on the front door and any exterior doors, as they are harder to pick. Put strong locks on glass doors and lock-up whenever you leave the house. The garage is another common area for burglar access – don't share your garage door code with others, and don't leave the garage door opener in your car – it's a quick way for thieves to gain access to your home.
Myth: Most burglaries happen at night.
Fact: Most burglaries actually occur during the day while homeowners are away from home and at work. Locking doors before you go to bed may be a common practice, but ensure your home is also secure during daylight hours too.
Myth: If you're running out for a few minutes, it's okay to leave your door unlocked -- no burglar could get in and out that fast.
Fact: Burglars are faster than you think. The average burglar spends only a few minutes in your home. So, lock the door no matter how soon you're planning to be back. Burglars can also make fast work because they know common hiding places – the key under the doormat, the jewelry in the master bedroom. Leave your spare key with a neighbor and consider putting valuables in a safe.
Myth: You don't need a home alarm system if you live in a safe area with a low crime rate.
Fact: Even if you live in a relatively safe neighborhood, homes without security systems are 2 to 3 times more likely to be broken into, says the , yet few U.S. homes are armed with one. According to the , 74% of burglaries are prevented by having an alarm in place, and can go a long way in protecting your home and giving you added peace of mind.
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