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According to FBI statistics, after a brief decline in the number of home invasion gun thefts between 2008 and 2009, the incidences of home invasion crimes are on the rise again. No neighborhood is “too” safe; no town is “too” secure when it comes to thievery. The police are only helpful after a crime has been committed, and not usually before. So when it comes to preventing your family from becoming a victim and therefore a statistic of home invasion crimes, it’s up to you to take the proper steps.

What Are Burglars Looking For?

Criminals who steal from homes are generally a cowardly lot: they fear getting caught, and will therefore take the time to pick and choose their targets carefully. Their “comfort zone” within the walls of your home is only about 6 minutes; in other words, they want to break in, grab what they’re looking for, and then get out as quickly as possible. If they can’t find what they came for fast, chances are they’ll go elsewhere. What are they generally looking for? Stuff of value that they can carry with them easily:

  • Cash
  • Purses
  • Jewelry
  • Guns

What Can You Do?

The best step you can take is to invest in home safes — especially one or more gun safes if you are a firearm owner. Today’s models are easily accessible by authorized people and have plenty of shelves and other interior features to accommodate not just your guns, but also other portable valuables you shouldn’t leave lying around in plain sight.

What? You don’t have a gun safe yet? Now is the time to protect your property while keeping dangerous firearms away from the wrong hands: both criminal ones and little ones.

Posted 8/3/2010 6:27 AM