You know that old saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder?"
It doesn't just work on sweethearts. Burglars get downright warm and fuzzy when they notice an unmowed lawn, stacks of uncollected newspapers, and a house that looks like it's lost its family.
So what can you do to keep your home from being the 1 out of every 36 that will be broken into this year? About half of Northwesterners answer that question with some kind of security system, according to the latest PEMCO Poll. Trouble is, when it comes to using our fancy monitored alarms, only 53% of us say we set it every time we go out.
The best plan, experts say, is a combo of high and low tech. For example, be sure to match that smartphone-linked surveillance camera with old-school burglar-busters like sturdy deadbolt locks (with long screws and high-security metal strike plates), pin-type locks on sliding doors, dowels in the runners of sliding windows and doors, good outdoor lighting, and landscaping that doesn't provide cover for crooks.
DON'T post that you're heading out of town on social media but DO tell a trusted neighbor. He or she can keep an eye on your place and pick up packages left on the porch. As PEMCO's latest video shows, small security precautions can make a big difference.
of our home security poll of 1,200 Washington and Oregon residents by Seattle's FBK Research.