Here’s What Makes You An Easy Target For Burglars

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If you’ve just moved home, securing your new place should be your top priority. And even if you haven’t, it’s worth making sure you’re doing everything you can to protect your belongings from burglars. That means avoiding the common pitfalls that leave you open to opportunistic passers-by. These range from subtle signs that nobody’s home, to obvious indicators of what’s inside.

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40. Leaving your trash visible in garbage cans

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Have you just splurged on a shiny new 4K TV? If so, it’s probably not a good idea to let the world know by leaving the box on display next to the rest of your trash. After all, that’s basically an open invitation to burglars to liberate you from that new purchase. The same goes for other large, expensive items, such as games consoles or laptops. In short, avoid advertising the contents of your house to anyone who walks past. Use a box cutter to break down that packaging and hide the labels instead.

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