We all want to assume that we’re safe inside our homes. But the truth is that criminals can and do go everywhere, and there’s no telling if your home is next on their list.
Recently, a highly disturbing new trend in home invasion has reared its ugly head… and it could start spreading fast.
This Facebook post by Kim Fleming Cernigliaro of Texas recently went viral.
The post reads: “Two weeks ago, during the day, a hard knock was at my front door, not a regular knock but almost pounding…and I DO NOT answer the door when I am here by myself.” When the person finally left, she went to investigate and noticed something strange on the handle: a rubber band holding the door latch open.
When she told her local sheriff, he told her that this wasn’t the first time someone had reported something like this. “The Sheriff came by yesterday and said this is happening all of a sudden, as soon as you unlatch the door, they do not wait for you to turn the knob, they can bust in on you.” Kim recommended to “NOT answer doors without knowing who is on the other side.”
One thing that you could do to prevent burglary is to remove any litter outside your home. Properties full of trash can give the impression that you’re not home often, or that you’ve been away for a while. There are some burglars who use litter to signal how many people live in the house, when they’re away, and other markers. Don’t make your home a target!
Here’s a tip that will actually save you some time and effort: don’t make your bed in the morning. Many burglars, when looking for places to rob from, check the beds. An unmade bed could give the impression that someone is still home.
Obviously, a home security system is ideal to prevent crime, but if you can’t afford it, just getting a sign or sticker indicating that your home is protected could still deter criminals. Experienced burglars may call you on your bluff, but this should be enough to scare most criminals away.
You should also consider investing in some motion-sensitive lights. Remember, criminals can still get nervous! If a light suddenly shines on them, they might get the impression that they’ve been caught and flee the scene.
It may seem obvious to hide your valuables in your sock drawer or a lockbox, but that’s exactly why you should consider moving them someplace sneakier. Who would think to look for your jewelry in your child’s bedroom?
People don’t just kick down doors in action movies. Burglars do it all the time. Be sure to reinforce your door, either with more wood or by investing in a steel door.
You should know that there is some dispute as to whether or not criminals are actually putting rubber bands around doors for this reason, but regardless, these tips are guaranteed to help keep you and your family safe!
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