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Sponsor Content: 5 reasons burglars target your home (that you can fix)

Sponsor Content: 5 reasons burglars target your home (that you can fix)
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Despite what you see in the movies, most burglaries aren't well-planned capers. Instead, a burglar will be walking or driving by, see an immediate opportunity and take it to swipe as much of your stuff as possible. If there is planning, it revolves around picking up clues as to when no one is home.

The bad news is that a burglary can happen at any time. The good news is that you can make your home a less appealing target for thieves, like having a powerful security system from our sponsor SimpliSafe, and they'll often go off in search of an easier target. So, what things do you need to avoid?

1. Leaving your garage door open

An open garage door is generally a sign that someone is home. However, a criminal walking by gets to see exactly what's in your garage, and whether there's a lock on the inside door. They might swipe something right then or plan to come back later.

If you've left both your garage door and inside door open, and you aren't in view, an especially bold thief might just walk into your home to see what they can take. According to the FBI, 33% of burglaries are unlawful entries, which means no force was used to enter the home.

Keep your garage door closed as much as possible to avoid tempting thieves to strike, especially if you aren't visible outside.

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