In California, a burglary occurs every 15 seconds, and the holidays tend to see increased criminal activity. This means that homeowners and renters need to be more vigilant than ever before in safeguarding their possessions and ensuring that they are not victimized by a burglar.
For this post, we’re doing something a bit different by covering several essential tips and guidelines that can help you keep your possessions safe during the upcoming holiday season. As always, the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Jacot Law Firm are here to help if you have any additional questions about any matters relating to criminal law in CA.
For now, here’s what you need to know about actions to help minimize burglaries at home.
Secure All Doors and Windows
While burglaries might seem like a random crime, they are often a crime of opportunity, and it is easy to discourage would-be burglars with some basic security measures. Above all, it is critical that you secure all your windows and doors! According to the FBI, over one third of burglaries involve “unlawful entry” that did not require a break-in. This tells us that many victims failed to secure their doors and windows properly. And yes, this means getting rid of that emergency key hidden under the doormat or behind the bushes! While you’re at it, examine all your windows and ensure that they lock properly.
Maintain a Well-Lit Home and Install Additional Lightning as Needed
Burglars are easily discouraged by situations where they feel completely exposed, so be sure that your home is well-lit. Install lights on any dark areas, add motion-based lights where necessary, and consider using timers so that your lights turn on and off on a regular schedule, regardless of whether you are or are not at home.
These are easily the most important tips that you can implement as you look to make your home as burglar-unfriendly as possible. Stay safe during the holidays, and remember, if you need to speak with one of our qualified criminal defense attorneys, don’t hesitate to call us at the Jacot Law Firm.
Call us today at 209-463-1800 to schedule a free initial consultation, where you can learn more about what we do.