Break-ins are increasing in New York City. You might be surprised how fast and easy someone can get into your house – all with simple tools like a bent nail, a credit card, and a thin piece of cut metal.


There’s tons of information available on the internet for wannabe burglars – with full of tutorials teaching them how to break into a large amount of specific lock brands. This puts the responsibility of preventing burglary fully on you. Only you can implement the necessary security features to protect your property.


The first place to implement protection is the doorknob. You need to have solid locks installed – including a deadbolt, which is the number one preventer of burglaries.


The most common objects taken from homes or cars are weapons, medicine, computers, electronics, jewelry, and small safes. The heartbreaking fact is that most burglaries are committed by people who have been in your home, who have an inside knowledge of where everything is.


A way to limit your vulnerability to burglary is to switch up your home habits. Don’t turn off the lights when you go to bed at the same time – consider using a timer on different nights. Don’t leave your garage open the entire time you’re home and close it when you leave. Make sure your blinds aren’t being opened and shut on a schedule that signals to outsiders whether or not you’re home. If people can see into your home, they can isolate and learn your habits – so switch them up. Make sure to check your door frames and window seals near bushes or large trees for evidence of any break in.


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