There are some things that are easy to miss as you go throughout your day when it comes to security. Here are a few common mistakes that people make because they aren't as attentive as they should be.

Failing to Pay Attention to Vehicles

One thing that thieves will often do in order to prepare for robbing your house is called "casing." This means observing your behavior over many hours, sometimes even over days or longer. They do this so they can get a sense for how long you'll be gone during a time period in order to figure out the best time to go in. If you notice cars that you don't recognize loitering around your neighborhood, a call to the police is always prudent.

Letting Strangers in the House Alone

Even if they don't have time to steal anything, they can get information on what's in your house and where everything is located. This could be anyone from a postman to a delivery person. Many thieves have day jobs and decide which house to steal based on their tour through many of them. That's why it's best to keep the valuable items safely secured out of sight of strangers.

If you stay in the room whenever strangers have to be in your house, you'll also ensure that they don't "get lost" and end up picking up keys or learning the layout of your home.

Forgetting to Account for Vulnerabilities

It's important that you pay attention to the particular structure of your house. Try to look at it the way a thief would. Are there any areas that would be easy to exploit? For example, if you have a shed near the house, a thief could climb up on the shed and then jump to the roof. In this case, they could gain access through a top window. People often don't lock them, thinking that no one can reach them.

Another example is if you have a mailbox slot in your door. It's worth covering it up, or at least installing a net over it, since thieves may try and slip coat hangers through it to unlock your door.

It is impossible to catch every possible threat to your home's security. However, being aware of your surroundings and doing simple things like making sure your locks are working and keeping valuables out of sight will help deter thieves. Talk to a locksmith like Jerry's Lock and Safe Company about other ways to keep your home safe.