Outdoor Home Lights Are Useless Without Witness
Research shows that leaving your lights on at night might not be effective at deterring crime if there is no one around to see it. Outdoor lights make the burglars harder to hide, but the lightning will be useless if no one actually sees the suspicious activity.
Further still, would burglars believe that a light being on means someone’s at home? Nope, they are not that dump, actually. When they find a well-lit house, and are not sure if the homeowner is in, they will knock on the door. If no one answers the door, they would be encouraged to break in.
And if the burglars do break in with the porch lights on, there is no way to stop it or catch the thieves, if there is no witness around, whether neighbors, pedestrians or police.
Outdoor Lighting May Increase Burglary Rather Than Decrease It
Obviously, home thieves don’t choose their targets at random. They would stroll in your neighborhood, get familiar with your daily life schedule, and try to look for easier targets. Burglars are always searching for unoccupied homes.
So having your lights on 24 hours a day while you are out for a holiday is just like a beacon to them: “I’m not at home!” And the combination of lights on and blinds closed could also create an attractive location for the burglars.
Some savvy burglars will stake out a property for weeks before striking. If they notice you turn on the lights more often when your partner, spouse, or roommate is away, they could decide to intrude during one of those time periods.
Leaving Porch Light on All Night Can Help Robbers See Their Actions
Is it safer to keep porch lights on or off? Actually, leaving the porch lights on could encourage the burglary instead of discouraging it, which may come as a surprise to many.
Sometimes, leaving your outside lights on also makes it easier for thieves to take action, especially in rural areas. A well-lit area helps thieves to avoid those items in your yard, which would cause noises. They can easily find the weak parts of your home and break in for stealing.