Tip 5: Location
Many people have heard real estate agents say; “The three most important things to look for when choosing your home are location, location, location!” This statement is also true when it comes to your susceptibility to crime. Prior to deciding on your new home, research the area and find out what the local crime rate is, as it varies widely by town, municipality and city.
More important than the region is the location of your specific home within the region. While most people love the concept of living on a cul-de-sac because it offers more privacy and a safer place for their children to play, homes located on cul-de-sacs suffer a disproportionate amount of burglaries.
Parks & nature
Homes backing onto parks, schools, railways, and wooded areas are also more likely to be chosen by a burglar, because they offer alternate and more concealed escape routes.
Statistics show that over 50% of the home burglaries occur within three blocks of a major traffic artery because of the quicker escape route.
Many of the attributes that we find desirable in a home - like it being located on a cul-de-sac or next to a park - are the very things that make it more susceptible to burglars. What does all this mean? Well, you obviously can’t move your home, so if you do fall into one of these risk categories, it becomes more important for you to target harden your home using some of the other protection methods listed in this guide, including investing in a home security system. If you are currently in the market for a house, or will be in the near future, keep some of these facts in mind when deciding on where to go.
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