I’ve been married for 9 LONG years (just kidding honey) and have lived in 3 different homes with a short stay of about 6 months at my in-laws while one of our homes was being built. Since our first home, a condo, we decided to leave our outdoor lights on all night. The idea behind it was to not let our home be dark around it. Darkness gives criminals lots of great hiding spots. So, any place where we have an outside door, we have a light. In our 9 years of marriage we have never had our home or our vehicle broken into. There is one exception to this and it is when we lived at my in-laws for those 6 months waiting for our house to finish being built. My in-laws do not leave their outside lights on through the night so it is extremely dark around their house at night. We had parked our car in their driveway and when we woke up in the morning, we found that our stereo had been stolen and the trunk had been emptied. The funny thing about it is that my mother-in-law was in charge of the neighborhood watch program at the time. You can never know for sure, but I am guessing that our car wouldn’t have been touched if their house had been well lit on the outside.

So, my advice to you is to leave you outdoor lights on throughout the night. If you are concerned about a higher electrical bill, maybe put a motion sensor on your lights so they only turn on when someone walks nearby. But, if the lights are already on, the burgler probably won’t even check your house and will head to a house with dark hiding spots. Also, with the newer CFL light bulbs, you can put in a 100 watt equivalent light while only actually using 23 watts of power. Or use a 60 watt which draws only 13 watts. As long as you keep things lit up. Below are a couple of pictures I took this evening. One with no light on and the other with a light on. Which one appears more inviting to a burgler? You decide.

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One Response to “Burglers aren’t afraid of the dark.”

  1. Rob Says:

    I’ll bet Jenny could tell you the exact date of your break-in. Glad to see you’re blogging again… I’ve got to have SOMETHING to do at work, right?

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