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What Makes Homeowners Prime Targets For Burglars…

January 18, 2011

Most of us consider our home our haven, the place we go to feel safe. But every year over 2 million homes are violated by burglars. That is a burglary every 15 seconds. Many times, the victims are careful people who think they are doing all the right things. But in reality, they’re making crucial mistakes that make them targets. Here are some popular mistakes that people make:

  • Leaving the burglar alarm off when you are running out for just a few minutes.
  • Posting detailed alarm signs. When you post a sign that identifies the alarm company, you’ve just given the burglar the information he needs to disable the alarm.
  • Hiding valuables in the bedroom is the first place burglars will look.
  • Getting a big dog. A 100-pound Rottweiler or German Shepherd might look scary, but  burglars know better. Most big breads, unless trained as guard dogs, aren’t barkers.
  • Hiding windows with landscaping. Tall bushes and shrubs allow burglars to jimmy windows without being seen.
  • Leaving the lights on. A light that stays on all the time is no more of a deterrent than a dark house.
  • Having newspaper and mail delivery stopped when you go away. You may trust your mail and newspaper carriers, but the fact is you don’t know who else is getting the information.

I’ve been doing all these popular mistakes all my adult life. I’ll never forget when I was a Freshman at Santa Clara University and it was the day before Christmas break. My Mom calls me up freaking out saying that she had been robbed and all the Christmas presents under the tree were gone. I tried to be clever and say I guess I don’t need to come home for Christmas, in which her reply was “No you’re gonna go catch that guy!”  Needless to say Christmas was lean that year so give a thought to the above suggestions and maybe you’ll be safer. At GAI (www.gunwel.com) we are here for you re all of your financial needs. When you have a robbery like Mom did you may be able to write it off on your taxes. Ask me how! Give us a call at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit. See you soon!

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