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Closeup of BurglarOne of the biggest fears that homeowners face is coming home after a long day at work to find that they have been robbed. Their sense of security and safety within their own home all but vanishes and the financial burden of regaining not only lost property but also security weighs heavily on them.

The best way to recover from a burglary is to prevent it from happening in the first place. While not 100% preventable, here are some simple pointers that may help keep your home from becoming a target.
  1. Bushes: While bushes are nice for privacy they also create a shield for burglars to hide. Keeping your bushes and shrubs from getting overgrown can help to deter burglars by allowing an easy view to neighbors — who may see someone trying to sneak into a window.
  2. Blinds: Often, burglaries are a crime of opportunity. Someone sees something in a window that they find valuable (such as your big screen TV) and they take an opportunity to enter your home and obtain what they desire. Blinds in the windows can help to hide the valuable items from passersby and make your home less inviting.
  3. Motion Sensors: Making sure your home is lit at night helps to prevent your home from becoming a target. Having motion-detecting lights that come on when someone gets too close to your home will assist in drawing attention to abnormal occurrences at night — making it harder for a burglar to sneak up.
  4. Reinforced Entry: Many burglaries happen when a thief can "easily" enter your home through flimsy doors and windows. Make sure that doors are solid (rather than hollow-core) and in good condition. Make sure windows on the ground floor and by doors are reinforced. You don't want someone to break a window next to a door and be able to reach in and unlock the door from the inside.
  5. Locks: Each exterior door should have a deadbolt lock installed on it. Chains can be easily broken but deadbolts are harder to kick in. Windows should be able to be secured so that thieves are unable to easily push them open and gain entry.
Most importantly, make sure that when you do leave the house and even when you are home at night, that you lock all doors and windows. Even the best security system won't do any good if it's not enacted.

At Fleming & Riles Insurance, we understand how important it is to ensure the safety and security of your home and everyone who lives there. Call us today at (800) 833-4379 to find out more about our various Albany GA Home Insurance options.
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