While you probably have an idea of what a home invasion looks like with a masked intruder entering your home, this isn’t always the case. Home invasions are rarely violent, and 11% of burglars remove a door or window quietly while the occupants are home. The reality is you’ll never know if or when you’ll become the target of a home invasion, so it’s best to always be proactive with your security.
3. Be Careful on Social Media
Finally, one of the newest ways thieves are finding their latest victims is through social media. Thieves take to these platforms to find people who are either flaunting their belongings, sharing personal information about their homes, are advertising when they won’t be home.
While it might seem fun to share your vacation photos while you’re away, realize that that paints your home as vacant and vulnerable. The best thing you can do is lock down your privacy settings and err on the side of caution with your posts.
Preventing a home invasion wouldn’t need to happen in a perfect world, but unfortunately, it’s still a reality in every part of the country today. The best approach is a proactive approach. Be careful with what you’re displaying to the outside world, whether with your routine or your online posts. More importantly, take action to protect yourself before you think you need to.