Summertime is the peak season for home burglaries, according to the Department of Justice.
What’s more, the Insurance Information Institute found that the average homeowner’s losses for theft from 2010-2014 was $3,786. The III’s data also reveals that about one in 215 insured homes has a property damage claim due to theft each year.
Renter’s insurance is a worthwhile investment because it provides a safety net for residents. When apartments are burglarized, renter’s insurance can help replace stolen items or repair damaged property. An uninsured resident, however, will suffer the consequences.
Yet, while it’s smart to have renter’s insurance, experts agree that the best defense against burglars is to deter them.
The following list provides great theft prevention tips on how to deter burglars at your properties. Some may be obvious, and some may not. Regardless, following these tips will help make your buildings safer.
Remind your residents to not post travel plans on social media. Some burglars use social networking sites to find victims.
Trim your bushes, shrubs and trees to avoid providing a place for an intruder to hide.
Install exterior lighting. One of the best deterrents against a burglar is motion-sensing lights.
Lock up ladders and tools which could be used to break into your building.
Is your building dog friendly? Burglars don’t like dogs. Even small dogs make a home a less attractive to criminals.
Encourage your residents to get to know one another. Neighbors are extra sets of eyes keeping a watch on the property, reporting suspicious activity.