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November 17, 2016

How to Protect Your Home or Building: Invasion or Theft Prevention

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Holidays are a time for cheer as many travel to visit family or welcome friends and loved ones into their homes. But the holidays are also a time when homes and businesses are vulnerable: FBI data shows an 18 percent increase in burglaries and theft during the holidays.

Hickory Construction President Ben Pinnell shares the following tips to protect your building investment from the threat of an invasion or theft:

  • Reduce the Risk While Away: Ensure that all doors and windows are locked at all times, especially when leaving for vacation. Don’t broadcast your holiday or vacation plans on social media. It can be helpful to have someone look after your home, and take in the mail and newspapers—it gives the appearance someone is home.
  • Security Systems and Lighting: Installing a security system, or including it when building your home, reduces the risk of burglaries. A report by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte found that 60 percent of convicted burglars stated the presence of a security system influenced their decision to target a different home. Installing lights on timers that can go on and off during the day and evening also deters burglars.
  • Incorporate Security Measures During the Home Building Process: When building a home, consider protection and safety. A room to store firearms or a safe room where family members can go during an invasion or natural disaster can provide an extra measure of security. Many homeowners desire the added protection of a driveway with a gate that requires a code to open.
  • Protect Your Valuables: Purchase a fireproof safe to lock up valuables during holiday parties and gatherings, or while on vacation.

For more information on how to protect your building investment, watch our monthly WBIR interviews. If you’re interested in a renovation or new build, contact us here.

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