Most criminals who break into homes devote little if any time to the advance planning of any specific break-in. Their crimes are, for the most part, crimes of opportunity. They pick what appears to be an easy mark. If the criminal thinks your home is a greater risk of getting caught or not getting in, they move onto a safer or easier target. The more you can do to keep your home from looking like an easy target, the safer you are. There are also many steps that you can take to minimize your loss and improve your chances of recovery if a break-in does occur.
The first step in improving overall security is to take a hard look at the security measures already in use in your home. To help your with this task, the Brevard Police Department has developed a Home Security Survey. Conducting a security survey is important. Go through the test carefully. Look at you house at night as well as in the daytime. Remember, the test points out security weaknesses around you home. Your home cannot be adequately protected until these weaknesses are corrected.