Homeowners need to secure their homes to keep their families safe.
Burglaries are on the rise and protection against floods or fires can be useful too.
Keep reading to find out more about home security and how you can protect your family.
Choose a deadbolt lock over a spring-latch lock.
The spring-latch lock is much easier for burglars that are experienced in “loiding.” Loiding refers to the method where a plastic card like a credit card is slipped against the latch tongue in order to depress it, which will unlock your door.
The deadbolt will prevent an attack like this. Deadbolts are vulnerable only when there is plenty of space in between your door and your door frame for intruders to use hacksaws or power tools.
If you’ve recently bought a home, make sure you change the locks and alarm pass codes.
Many people just take these items as is and don’t give them another thought, but consider that just about anyone could have a copy of the key or the pass code.
That can include neighbors who you don’t really know.
Be safe and change out both when you buy.
Keep hedges and vegetation trimmed and away from doors and windows.
Large bushes may look nice, but they provide easy cover for potential home invaders.
If you can, try to keep an open area completely surrounding the perimeter of your home, and if you have vegetation, keep them well trimmed.
Walk out to the street and then turn back to your home.
What can you see through the windows?
Is there anything valuable in view?
If so, you need to move the objects out of sight. They simply give burglars a reason to target your home.
If relocating the objects isn’t a possibility, invest in shades or curtains to obscure them from view.
Make sure you always do your research before hiring a company to install your home security system.
Find company reviews on the Internet and make sure they are in good standing with the Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau.
You are hiring this company to furnish your home with a security system, and you want to make sure that you can trust the company your dealing with.
When it comes to making your home more secure, one obvious place to start is at your front door. If you do not currently have a high-quality lock set on your door, get one installed now.
If your lock-set does not include a deadbolt, they are inexpensive and a effective way to add security to your exterior doors.
Install outside lighting to deter intruders, especially if you live on a dark street or a rural area.
To save electricity and enhance the surprise factor, install motion detecting light fixtures that only activate when there is activity.
Mount these fixtures, using bright lights, at entrances and other potential points of unauthorized entry.
Add lights to your lawn. You don’t need crazy bright spotlights to keep thieves away.
All you need is some decent general lighting that makes your property just a little less appealing to criminals than homes that offer a lot more cover.
You can even use lights on timers to help save on the overall electricity bill while still helping to keep you safe.
Do not leave notes on your door for family members or people that are coming to service your home.
You may think nothing of it, but it is letting everyone know that no one is inside.
It is a good idea to give people a call ahead of time and give them instructions.
Make sure that your windows are thick and secure to reduce the chance of a break in.
If you want to have extra protection, install a system that reads when a window is broken, signifying an intrusion.
Try to upgrade your windows every 3 years as it serves as a vital part of your home’s security system.
If you have a door that does not have a peephole, you should work on installing one.
It is very dangerous to open a door when you are not sure who is on the other side. This is a great way for you to keep you and your home safe from harm.
Watch what you say on social media. In the era of constant Twitter and Facebook updates, it is easy to become too lax on what you share.
No matter how excited you are about your upcoming vacation, social media is not the place to broadcast your trip.
It is too easy for someone who is not a friend to learn of your plans, allowing them to break in when they know you are away.
Do not keep your spare key in a place easy to find for intruders.
Many people put the key in a mailbox, or under a plant. This is much too easy for a criminal to find.
Think of an area a burglar would not look. One good way to hide a key is by burying it somewhere in your yard.
You should not enter your home if you find the door ajar.
This can be very dangerous because the thief could still be inside.
Request that the police come and have them go in and check it out, before you go in yourself.
If you really feel you need a spare key around, don’t hide it under your doormat or in the garage.
Instead, give it to a neighbor you trust.
In fact, swapping keys with them ensures both of your homes are safe, but you can get in if you lose your own keys.
See if the security company has motion sensitive lighting. This system will cause the lights to flicker on when someone walks up to your home.
This will make you more safe as you walk up to your house, and it can keep intruders away.
With everything out there that pose a threat to a house, all homeowners need to know what they can do to keep their precious asset safe.
This piece is replete with useful tips on safeguarding any home.
Use these concepts as a means to increase the safety level of your home.
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