If I were to ask you when you thought a home is most vulnerable, what would you say? During the day, or at night? Nighttime would seem most likely, wouldn’t it? After all, there’s the cover of night, everyone’s sleeping and everything’s locked up tight.
The answer though, may surprise you.
Most residential break-ins occur during the day when residents are away at work. It’s actually much easier and less conspicuous for burglars to move around a neighbourhood during the day. After all, seeing people moving around houses during the day is not unusual.
Recent statistics show that more the 60% of burglaries occur between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00am. Likewise, there is one burglary every 10 seconds in Canada, the majority of which happen during the day.
Perhaps more worrying is the number of home invasions, those times when intruders force themselves into homes when residents are inside. These are terrifying for residents, and often lead to injury, not to mention long-term psychological effects. What’s more, they can happen during the day to seniors and young families, or at night when everyone is home.
According to Statistics Canada, there are 289,200 home invasions annually over the last five years. There are more than 8,000 home invasions per day in North America if you include what happens in the United States.
How can you guard against day-time burglary and home invasion? Here are some ideas:
- Install a wide-angle peep hole in doors.
- Keep all doors locked, even when you are home.
- Use dead-bolt locks
- If you have a security system, ensure you use it.
- If you have a Panic Alarm installed don’t be afraid to use it during a threatening event
- Use effective external and internal lighting around your house
- If you’re going away, cancel all deliveries, and let your neighbours know
- Never place house keys under mats or flower pots outside the house
- If you are home and a stranger comes by, ask for identification
- Never let children answer a door on their own
- Keep ground floor windows locked at night, and when not a home during the day