The most recent data from the Georgia Crime Information Center has reported that burglary makes up over twenty percent of all reported crimes in our state. Astonishingly, nearly seventy-five percent of reported metropolitan burglaries have taken place in the city of Atlanta. It is important that residents of Atlanta, be proactive in preventing their homes and families becoming another statistic. Many stories about burglars involve the use of weapons. It is important that you know the basics of protecting your home and family.
Never Sell Advertised Items From Your Home
Many of us have used various online forums to sell things to earn some quick cash. Criminals use this opportunity to target their victims home. Anytime you decide to sell something, never give out your address to strangers, always arrange meetings in a public location. Parking lots in busy shopping centers or your local police department are considered ideal meeting places. Ideally, attempt to arrange the meeting during daylight hours, during normal business hours. In the event you need to meet someone after hours, designate a meeting spot in a well lit area- like the parking lot of a twenty four hour fast food restaurant.
Properly Prepare For Vacations
Many burglaries occur when a family is away on vacation. You can protect your home while you are away by asking a trusted friend, family member or neighbor to look after the house while you are away. Ask them to turn on some lights after sundown, it is important to alternate which rooms have lights on to show activity in the home. If you have mail or any other items delivered while you are away, ask them to place them in a designated spot in the house. If you are going to be gone for an extended period, it would be wise to schedule lawn maintenance to maintain the appearance of upkeep. Finally, if you have designated a neighbor to be in charge while you are away, ask them to park their car in your driveway occasionally.
Never Try To Be A Superhero
If you happen to be confronted with a burglar, never try to be the hero. As tempting as it may be to stop the crime from taking place, your life and well being is more important than anything you own. Incidents can escalate when burglars caught in the act. It is important to protect yourself and others. It is best to call 911 for assistance, when you can safely do so.
Consult A Home Security Expert
Consulting with a home security expert is one of the most proactive decisions you could make. There are various levels of security measures that can be taken, that fit in any budget. Many people are surprised at how much technology has been integrated into home security, making it easier to customize to your specific needs. Many people believe they can not afford home security until they consult with a professional. After a consultation, they often realize that it is a small investment for a big return in “peace of mind.”