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Home Security Tips
We would all like to think that our homes are safe havens. We can close the door and our families and belongings will be safe. Unfortunately, though, our homes are not as safe as we would like to think. There are more than 1.5 million home break-ins every year. Improving your home security is easier than you might have realized. And, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are 12 simple steps you can take to make your home more secure.
1. Check All the Locks on Exterior Doors
Check that all external doors have deadlocks fitted to them. And, lock all external doors whenever you leave the home empty. A burglar can be in and out your home in minutes. So, don’t make it easy for them to get in. Lock all doors and windows. Even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
2. Make Sure Sliding Doors are Secure
Sliding patio doors are quite easy to break into. A hard push with a crowbar and they will be open. The solution to this potential entry point is very simple. Install a patio door security bar along the bottom runner of the door. Then, the door can’t be opened from the outside.
3. Keep Valuables Out of Sight
Don’t let prowling burglars see what is inside your home. They will be on the lookout for homes with expensive items inside. Close the drapes in rooms where you have valuable equipment. Put small, expensive items out of sight in closets or drawers.
4. Make it Look Like Someone is Always Home
This tip is usually found in articles about securing your home for a vacation. It is valid for other times you leave your home unoccupied as well. If you are going to be out of your home for a few days, make it look someone is in. Set lights and the TV to turn on and off with timers and install motion activated security lights.
5. Don’t Leave Spare Keys Out
Burglars know that people leave spare keys under the doormat or under a plant pot. They also know about those fake rocks that you can buy! If you want to leave a set of spare keys anywhere, leave it with a trusted neighbor.
6. Keep Valuable Items in a Home Safe
Keep valuable items locked away in a home safe. Home safes are another relatively inexpensive home security item that people often don’t think to buy. Even a cheap home safe will deter the average burglar. Remember that a burglar wants to get in and out fast. Anything that slows them up will help prevent them taking your belongings.
7. Don’t Leave Notes on Your Door When You Go Out
Leaving a note on your front door that says “Back on Saturday” is not a great idea. That might sound a bit obvious, but people do it without thinking about it. Whenever you leave your home unattended, do everything possible to make sure it is not obvious that the home is unoccupied.
8. Look Who’s There Before You Open the Door
Whenever anyone calls at your home, check who it is before you open the door. If it’s a stranger, ask what they want and keep the security chain on when you open the door to them. If you don’t have a peephole in your door, install one. Even better, invest in a smart doorbell. Then, you can see who is calling, and you talk to them without having to open the door.
9. Start a Neighborhood Watch Program
If there isn’t already a neighborhood watch program in your area, start one. A neighborhood watch scheme means that everyone is watching out for each other. It has been well proven that they reduce crime. If you are not sure how to go about setting one up, check our post on how to start a neighborhood watch program.
10. Install a Home Security System
Burglars will avoid homes that have a home security system fitted. They’d rather pick and easier target. Home security alarm systems are nowhere near as expensive as you used to be. And, if you buy a wireless home security system, you can install it yourself.
11. Keep the Garage Door Locked
Always Keep the garage door locked. It’s another way that a burglar can get into your home. You probably have tools in your garage as well. A burglar could use those tools to break into the main part of the home.
12. Lower the Volume on Your Telephone When You Are Out
If you are going to be away for a few days, turn down the ring volume on your home phone. An unanswered phone might alert a burglar to the fact that no one is at home. Remember to cancel newspapers and your mail too. Don’t make it easy for a burglar to spot that your home is unoccupied.
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