Gone are the old ways
The time that you were able to leave your door unlocked when you are away is long gone. Home security is something we cannot keep for granted anymore. It pays to look for ways to keep your family and home save.
It is sad that we have to convert our homes into “Fort Knox”, just so strangers will not take off with our belongings, or worse hurt, our family.
The most vulnerable time for burglaries to happen is during the day. Most people are away at work, school or running errands. In addition, summer time, when people are on vacation is a vulnerable time for break-ins.
Safety in your home
Keeping your home safe should be your number one priority as a homeowner. Keeping your home safe means keeping the life you have worked so hard to build safe – your family, your belongings, anything that you have accumulated along the way. Below, we will talk about 7 great ways you can keep your home safe.
Install Smart Security Systems
A smart security system can have many features, so you will want to look into this to get a good idea of the option that is right for you. However, in general they have features such as remote controls, so you can put the lights on and make it look like you are home even when you are not. There are even features that could allow you to control other aspects when you are out, such as opening and closing the curtains. Also, think about having window coverings in your garage or basement windows. Making it harder for people to check out the inside of your house will help keep it more secure.
Take Care of Repairs and Replacements As Soon As Possible
If you need to make a repair, do it ASAP. You do not want to leave your home vulnerable to intruders or terrible accidents because of a weak door or broken window. If you need to replace an appliance, do that as soon as you can too – you do not want any issues with those.
Get The Right Kind Of Insurance Cover
Insuring your home will not necessarily stop anything from happening, but having the right kind of insurance cover will give you peace of mind and ensure your valuables are covered. Getting a State Farm insurance quote will give you an idea of your starting off point, although comparing a few providers and reading the small print first is the norm. If you have valuables like art and jewellery, you may want to have to insure these separately.
Don’t Advertise When you’re Going Away
If you are going on vacation, great – nobody needs to know about it. Do not advertise it on social media or anywhere else, as you never know who may find it. Ensure everything is locked properly before leaving. If possible, ask your family or neighbor to check up on the house regularly. Taking care of the mail and plants so it does not look to obvious that nobody is home. They are also able to do a walk about to check and make sure all is still in order.
Use Warning Signs
Put signs outside of your property, perhaps alerting people of a guard dog (even if you do not have one), and neighborhood watch. These may seem like small things, but they can be great deterrents. Try to change up your routine once and a while, this will make it harder for thieves to predict if and when you are going to be home.
Make Sure There’s Nowhere For Criminals To Hide
You do not want to be giving criminals a great place to hide outside of your home. Install lights that come on automatically when they sense somebody going past. Keep your garden tidy and make sure there are no convenient spots for people to lurk. Hiring someone to keep your garden trimmed and cared for might be the right thing if you are not able to do it yourself.
You might want to consider getting a sturdy locked gate to keep people out of your garden, too. Pretend you forgot your key and want to get into the house. Spot where this would be the easiest to do, give it a try just to see how easy you can get into your locked house. Bullseye! You now have the weak spots that thieves will want to use. Human nature often chooses for the path of least resistance, and thieves are no different.
Don’t Leave Things Outside Of Your Home That Could Be Used To Break In
Oftentimes, people do not realize that they are actually helping people to break in with the things they leave outside of their home. Ladders are one such item, or tools. Make sure your garden is free of things that could be used to break into your home, or you are pretty much inviting people to break in. Do not forget to secure your car and leave the keys in a non-de-script place.
The above 7 suggestions to keep your home safe are just the beginning. Check if your area has companies that will be able to help you secure your home, they will be a great resource.
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