A burglary occurs every 18 seconds in the United States. These statistics are scary! Even safe neighborhoods experience crime from time to time, so you need to be prepared.
The good news is that there are several ways you can go about making your home safe. Some may require that you purchase equipment while others may not. The more you can thwart a burglar’s plans the safer your home will be.
Here are ten tips that will help you to keep your home safe.
1. Change Your Locks :
Did you just buy a new home?
Don’t be so excited to get the keys that you forget to change all the locks. No matter how wholesome the previous homeowners may seem, you never know who is unscrupulous and who isn’t.
You also never know who they may have given a key in the past. It could have been a distant relative, a nanny, a house cleaner or a handyman to name a few. The point is, you don’t know if a shady character doesn’t have a copy of the keys to your new home. The best thing to do is to hire a locksmith to change the locks.
2. Get An Alarm System :
Sure, you may not want your home to feel like a high-security vault, but it is never a bad idea to be prepared for the worst. There are literally dozens of safety systems you can choose from. This makes it more likely that you will find something that is within your budget.
There are also some security systems that you can install yourself. However, if you do get a high tech security system the security company will have to install it for you.
Once you have installed your security system put a security sign in your front yard or place security signs in your windows to deter criminals.
3. Vacation Wisely :
Criminals like to target homes when people go on vacation. Protect your home when you are away by setting timers on your television and your lights.
These timers make it easy for you to have your lights and your television on at specific times. When criminals think someone is home, they are deterred from committing crimes.
4. Get Smart :
These days you can monitor your home from anywhere using smart security cameras. Some of these cameras are so tiny the average person might miss them, and you can control them from your smartphone or tablet.
Smart lights should also be a major part of your security plan because you can turn them on or off whether you are just down the road or in another country.
5. Exercise Mail Control To Keep Your Home Safe :
If you are going to be away for a while, then it is usually a good idea to get a friend or neighbor to take your mail and any delivered packages off your front porch at least once per day. If your front porch or doorway is flooded with mail it is a dead giveaway to criminals that no one is home.
You can also go to your local post office and explain that you will be away for a period of time and ask them to hold all your mail. This little bit of extra precaution can save you from a burglary.
6. Rethink Your Landscape :
Did you know that the landscape edging of your home can either deter or attract criminals? Overgrown bushes and untrimmed hedges can provide places for thieves to hide so that neighbors and passersby cannot spot them.
Trim bushes and hedges to at least three feet in height. Plant thorny bushes near your windows with gravel nearby, so that it is easier to hear footsteps. The more you can make it difficult for criminals to gain entry the more secure your home will be.
7. Motion Detector Lighting :
Motion detector lighting shines the spotlight brightly on anyone who may try to get onto your premises. As soon as an intruder moves so does the light.
You should install motion detector lights at the back and the front of your home, for added protection you can add them to the sides as well. One of the many benefits of this kind of lighting is that it saves on energy since it is only activated when it detects motion.
8. Get A Video Doorbell :
You can get a video doorbell to keep your home secure. A video doorbell will let you see who is at your door before you open it.
Astonishingly enough many thieves ring your doorbell to get a feel for who is home or not before attempting a burglary. A doorbell camera will give you the upper hand should a thief decide to rob you.
Installing Rodann door chimes is also another security feature you can use. The chimes will alert you when anyone is within a certain distance from your door.
9. Get A Dog :
With all the high-tech security systems mentioned so far, getting a dog may seem like a low tech way to safeguard your home from intruders. However, if you can get a dog then do so, since burglars tend to avoid homes with dogs.
When a thief wants to rob a home, they want to be in and out as quickly as possible and a barking dog attracts too much attention and is an unnecessary complication.
10. Watch What You Post On Social Media :
Social media has become a place where you can share the daily happenings of your life with family, friends, and neighbors. However, if you go on vacation or are away for a weekend it is not a good idea to announce your absence from home on social media.
This is especially true if you don’t know everyone in your network. Announcing you are away and posting pictures of your getaway is an announcement for anyone with bad intentions that you will be far away should they decide to break into your home.
Final Thoughts :
Keeping your home safe is essential for your peace of mind. If you are vigilant about finding ways to protect your home, you are likely to succeed in keeping criminals out. Keeping thieves at bay is often a matter of combining common sense with technology.
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