When it comes to the safety of your home, there is no room for error. Across the country, there are around 2 million home burglaries every year. That breaks down to one every 13 seconds. Of that number, 58.3 percent are forcible entries. While the overall numbers are down from previous years, this is not a statistic you want to be part of. There are some crimes that will happen because the criminal is determined to get into the house and take what you have, and others that are crimes of opportunity. The criminal is checking out the house and finds a relatively easy way to get into it. We’ll go over some factors that make your home an appealing target, or not. When you need a locksmith in Albuquerque, be sure to call Bill’s Lock & Key.
Home Invasion or Burglary?
It is good to define the terms that are used in discussing home robberies. The difference between these two terms is based on whether you are home or not. If you are home and someone enters, it is considered a home invasion. If you are not home, it is a burglary. The idea of a home invasion occurring while we sleep and having to fend off a burglar is most homeowners’ idea of a nightmare. But, statistically, your home is much more likely to be burgled while you are away at work during the day. Of course, if you work during the night and are at home sleeping during the day, the chances of a home invasion are increased.
Soft Target or Hard Target
One of the finest distinctions that burglars look for in accessing a home is if it is a hard target or a soft target. For tactically-minded people, this distinction means whether the target is defenseless and generally lacking in situational awareness, the skill of being aware and of what is going on around you. One of the best ways to be a hard target, next to devoting yourself to armed defense of your home, is to make it hard for someone to enter by making sure all the doors and windows are locked.
The Best Locks on the Market
Bills Lock and Key in Albuquerque has the best locks on the market and can install them on your doors. We are staffed by master locksmiths with years of experience and can install the best lock for your door.