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What Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

Chad Schneider, 2017 President, Lorain County Association of REALTORS®

Chad Schneider 2017 LoCAR President
Successful burglars have lots in common–home owners who unwittingly give invitations to robbery. Here’s how thieves thank you for your generosity.

You come home to an open front door, a ransacked house, and missing valuables. How did a burglar know you’d be gone? How did they get in?

Never leave a ladder nearby
Ladders can be used to access second story windows, not connected to a security system. Store your ladder in the basement or a locked garage. And call your security company to wire upper-story windows into your alarm system.

Big ticket items in the trash
Burglars love driving around neighborhoods on trash day (especially after big gift holidays) when the empty boxes on the curb reveal what wonderful new toys you have. And therefore, easy to grab that new laptop and a flat-screen television in one easy trip to your home.

Next time, break down the boxes and conceal them in the recycling or trash bins.

Keep outside tidy
Untrimmed trees and shrubs around your home, offers burglars a place to hide.
Trim back bushes and trees near windows and doors. Make sure entry points to your home are easily visible from the street. Install motion-sensor lighting. Burglars are scared of bright lights!

Su casa es mi casa!
Install steel-wrapped exterior doors with deadbolts on all your entries. And be sure your windows are locked when you’re away.

The telltale grass
Uncut lawns, newspapers piling up on the front steps, and closed shades are dead giveaways that no one is home.

Hire someone you trust to mow regularly, pick up around the doorstep, open and close various window shades, and turn different lights on and off (or put a few on timers). Lock any car you leave in the driveway, so a burglar can’t use your garage door opener to get in quickly.

Getting carried away
Never put valuables in an easy-to-carry safe that can be carried right out your back door. Invest in a wall safe. Or, rent a lock box at your bank.

Dear BFF
Skip the vacation announcements on social media networks.

Posting comments and photos of your trip on social networks is fine–but do that after you return so you won’t broadcast your absence!

The appointment
Be careful who you let into your home to view the laptop you wanted to sell.

Did you know that some large U.S. cities are averaging one so-called “robbery by appointment” per day? If you want to sell high-ticket items to strangers, arrange to meet at the parking lot of your local police station. A burglar won’t show.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, contact a professional REALTOR® today. Members of the Lorain County Association of REALTORS® care about the community in which they live, work and support. Lorain County offers a wide variety of housing choices.

Do your research and take advantage of the many housing opportunities right here in Lorain County. We are fortunate to live in a region with such vast offerings. From big to small, country to city... it's available in Lorain County! Our proximity to highway and freeway access provides great commute options both east and west! Contact your LoCAR REALTOR® member today.

The Lorain County Association of REALTORS® is an industry trade association representing licensed real estate sales agents in Lorain County who are members of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and the Ohio Association of REALTORS® (OAR). As members of NAR these licensed real estate agents have earned the REALTOR® designation and they pledge to protect the rights of homeownership and conduct their real estate business abiding by the NAR Code of Ethics.

The Lorain County Association of REALTORS® is one of more than 1,200 local boards and associations of REALTORS® nationwide that comprise the National Association of REALTORS®. The National Association of REALTORS®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing nearly one million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark which may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. Not all real estate sales agents are REALTORS®. All REALTORS® are members of NAR along with their State and Local Association.

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Association of REALTORS®

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Sheffield Village, OH 44035
Telephone: (440) 328-4210
E-mail: contact@LoCAR.org
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