The facts are chilling! Burglars ransack homes every 15 seconds on average, according to an explosive report by the Fairfax News.
These crimes are not isolated or rare. They don't only occur in "bad" neighborhoods or in the middle of the night.
In fact, nearly two-thirds of home burglaries happen during the day, when your kids and grandchildren are at school and you're at work. That's when homes are sitting vulnerable and your neighbors might not blink when they see someone by your house - after all, we all get boxes delivered almost every day.
Peace of mind is something you simply must resolve to have this year for your family and you. It's easier and more affordable than you might think to protect your home. (Keep reading for tips from our sponsor SimpliSafe.)
Bonus: Do NOT skip tip No. 3 from our sponsor SimpliSafe. Homes without security systems are burglarized up to three times more often than protected homes.
3 tips to protect your home
1. Close your blinds
Home security experts agree that you can take a few simple steps to convince burglars to move onto an easier target. For starters, close your window blinds and shades.
Most burglars aren't going to risk getting injured or arrested. You can make them think you're home by locking your windows and closing your blinds and curtains.
Note: Criminals get away with $1,600 worth of belongings, on average, when they burglarize a home.
2. Lock your garage
Lock your garage door every time you leave your house. It's so easy to forget to do this, right?
There are days when your whole family seems to be in and out of the garage. It's nonstop.
You might have a keypad so your children can get into the house after school. Do they always close it behind them?
You might have a garage door opener in a couple of cars while your spouse uses a smartphone app to open and close it. Maybe you have a voice-activated smart speaker at home that opens it on command.
Of course, an open garage door is an invitation for burglars to walk right in. Do you know that 30 percent of burglaries occur without a forced entry, typically through an unlocked door or window?
3. Simply install a home security system
The facts are clear. Homes with security systems are up to three times less likely to get broken into than unprotected homes -- injuries and worse are harsh realities, too.
The good news is, home security is simple to install, thanks to technology. It's affordable for almost everyone's budget and you're not locked into a long-term contract.
Note: SimpliSafe costs a few dollars a month. Click here for an exclusive SimpliSafe deal courtesy of Komando.com!
Step-by-step setup in minutes
Your SimpliSafe home security system will be delivered to your front door. There are a handful of components inside, including a keychain remote control, sensors and the base station.
You'll hear the base station talking back to you. "Welcome to SimpliSafe" and so on.
Once you plug in your base station, you're ready to install the SimpliSafe system. Do you have five minutes?
Multi-layered home security
SimpliSafe covers your bases, starting with super-loud 85db and 105db sirens. There are door and window sensors.
There are devices to alert you to fire, carbon monoxide, freezing pipes, flooding and more. SimpliSafe's sensors will alert you to broken windows or if the keypad is smashed.
There is a panic button that you can place near your most vulnerable family member. SimpliSafe is almost instantly alerted when your system is triggered.
Think about your peace of mind knowing that you're protecting your family. Now, you can get a 60-day guarantee! As a listener to The Kim Komando Show, you get free shipping and free returns! Just visit simplisafe.com/kim to protect your home with SimpliSafe today.
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