According to the last published FBI report on criminal activity in the United States, property crimes totaled around $14.3 billion. Items that were most commonly stolen from homes included money, cars, electronics, firearms and fine jewelry. The same report concludes that the average amount of stolen property per robbery was over $1000. And, perhaps the most troubling statistic is that 40% of the robberies involved the use of firearms. While your TV and favorite gold watch could be replaced with an insurance claim, injury or death of a loved one is something that can never be repaired or replaced. The best way to protect yourself, your family and your prized possessions, is to understand the circumstances in which home invasions occur, and to take steps to install security systems and locks that deter criminals from targeting your home.
SecurAmerica created an interesting study and discovered that most burglaries occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.. This is the time of day when homeowners and family members are least likely to be occupying the home. It can also make identifying and catching criminals more difficult. Having security cameras or smart locks that can snap a quick picture of anyone that tries to enter the home could mean the difference between losing your valuables forever, or apprehending the suspect and getting your things back right away.
Its easier than ever before to be a professional thief. What was once closely guarded secrets can now be accessed with the click of a mouse. Tools that were hard to come by, are now easily purchased online for less than ten bucks. The result is a savvier group of burglars that can pick, bump and drill their way into a home in less than a minute. Once inside, they often take off toward the bedroom, checking mattresses, closets and dressers for jewelry, cash and guns. If a group of people work together, they can clear out almost all your valuables in just a few minutes.
Most criminals want an easy target. They want to be able to get through the door in less than a minute, and avoid getting identified or apprehended at all costs. Most smart burglars arent going to take unnecessary risks. If they cant pick your locks, or if they see a security camera, their likely to move on. Getting high security locks installed in your front door is essential. You should also think about reinforcing your door and getting the highest quality deadbolts that your budget affords. Having a quality security system can help catch the criminals after the fact, making it easier to get your items back or at least get your insurance claim approved.
Are you ready to invest in the safety and security of your home? Then pick up the phone and give the experts at Top Atlanta Locksmith a call. We proudly provide premium locksmith services to residents, businesses and motorists in Atlanta, Marietta, Roswell, Alpharetta, Suwanee, Smyrna, Norcross and other local Metro Atlanta area neighborhoods. Contact us today to find out how our services can help protect your family.