According to data from the Electronic Security Association, a burglary occurs in the United States every 15 seconds. The typical burglar can get in and out with a load of valuables in less than 10 minutes, and it usually only takes about 60 seconds to gain entry into a home. If there’s no home security system, it can leave a burglar with seven or eight minutes to search for things they can steal.
Should your home ever be burglarized, you may find valuable items missing from the master bedroom. That’s why an important first step in protecting yourself from becoming a victim is to never store your valuables there.
Master Bedrooms Are First Priority
Burglars know that the master bedroom is the main privacy sanctuary for adults – especially when children are involved. Adults store their valuables in their bedrooms to keep them away from little hands.
That’s why burglars make the master bedroom the No. 1 target when breaking into a home. It doesn’t matter whether they enter through the front door, a rear door, a side window, or even the basement. The first priority is to go straight to the master bedroom.
Step back a minute and take a quick inventory of your master bedroom. If you keep any of the following items in this room, you should know they make great targets for thieves:
- home electronics
- cash, securities
- small collectibles
- credit cards, debit cards, etc.
Security experts sometimes encourage people to buy fake items they can plant in their master bedrooms as decoys. Some costume jewelry and a fake cellphone or two may satisfy a burglar, along with a small amount cash the victim is willing to part with.
Master Bedrooms Offer Easy Access
Burglars tend to stay away from interior rooms with limited access. Such rooms offer too much of a risk of being trapped. Master bedrooms usually don’t have the same risks, since they usually look out over the front or rear of the house with plenty of window access. Second-floor master bedrooms also tend to be very close to interior staircases. Such easy access is another reason why the master bedroom a burglary magnet.
Hiding Your Valuables
There is no foolproof way to protect all of your valuables in the event of a burglary. However, you can thwart burglars by hiding your valuables in creative places they will not take the time to look in. For example, a wall safe behind the medicine cabinet in the bathroom is very effective. A floor safe under a kitchen cupboard is another good option. The more burglars have to dig, the less likely they are to stick around. Find creative hiding places in the rooms deepest in your home’s interior.
We also recommend a home security system with 24-hour monitoring. Homes without security systems are three times more likely to be burglarized, while as many as 74 percent of uncompleted burglaries can be traced to alarm systems. A home alarm acts as a deterrent by creating noise and alerting the authorities quickly. A system will not give you 100 percent protection, but it will significantly decrease your chances of being victimized.
Authorized Monitronics dealers offer state-of-the-art wireless security systems connected to our 24-hour monitoring service. Let them work with you to custom design a system that meets your unique requirements and budget. With a monitored security system, your family and property will be safer.
- Electronic Security Association – http://www.alarm.org/Resources.aspx
- Safewise – http://www.safewise.com/you-got-robbed