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How to protect your property from burglars

Both a business and home burglary in Connecticut comes with financial and emotional hardships that can be difficult to recover from. In a home burglary, the homeowner may feel violated and mourn the loss of items of sentimental values for a lifetime. Meanwhile, in a business burglary, entrepreneurs see their life’s work disappear before their very eyes.

While there is no foolproof way to protect a home or business from burglars, there are some measures property owners can take to deter criminals. The first one recommended by Forbes is never to believe a neighborhood is exempt. Never buy into the belief that “these things do not happen here.” A burglary can happen anywhere to anyone, and people in safe neighborhoods who no longer secure basement doors or lock ground level windows before going to bed are easy targets.

The next important step is to keep insurance policies up to date. Many property owners believe this stops at keeping up with payments, but there is more work to be done. Insurance covers the value of assets and that value fluctuates based on a number of factors. For instance, jewelry or paintings may appreciate over time. It is important to ensure everything is insured to their true value.

For many homes and businesses, the obvious foolproof mechanism may be installing an alarm and relying on the police. However, as CNBC points out, there are instances when thieves not only know how to disable the alarm, but receive inside help and even police assistance with escaping. In spite of this, having an alarm installed or security guards on site is better than having nothing in place at all. One false move and the triggered alarm or alert security guard could be the difference between a kicked in door and losing everything.

Burglary is a crime no one should ever have to suffer. The thought that there are human beings prowling the streets, looking for unsuspecting new businessowners and the homes of elderly people to break into is heartbreaking. Still, this does not prevent it from happening, so it is important for property owners to be proactive about protecting their property.

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