American homes are victims of burglary about every 15 seconds, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The typical homeowner suffers a loss of nearly $2,000 in stolen goods or property damage.
“With the national economy getting worse, burglary is again becoming a more common crime,” says Charles Sczuroski, a former police officer and now senior trainer for the National Crime Prevention Council.
If you have a high deductible on your homeowners insurance policy, you’ll likely have to pay out of pocket to replace your stuff. But for a small investment, you can make your home less appealing to burglars in the first place.