Securing the Home: 20 Tips

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One of the dangers of break-ins and burglaries is that family members can be injured or killed. In addition, burglars can steal possessions that are valuable and important to the family. Follow these tips to help protect your home and family from these dangers.

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1. Install a security system.

security system can deter burglars and notify authorities if there is an attempted break-in.

2. Install motion sensor lights around your home.

Motion sensor lights will turn on when someone approaches your home, which can deter burglars and help you see who is approaching your home.

3. Keep doors and windows locked at all times.

Burglars can strike at any time, so it is important to lock all doors and windows whenever you leave the house, even if you will be gone for only a few minutes. Even when you are at home, keep your doors and windows locked to prevent burglars from entering your home.

4. Install security doors and windows.

There are stylish steel security doors and windows that you can install to add another layer of security to your home. They also function as aesthetic accents.

5. Keep garage doors closed and locked.

Garages often contain valuable possessions such as tools, bikes, and lawn equipment. In addition, many garages lead directly into the home. Keep your garage door closed and locked to prevent burglars from entering your home through the garage.

6. Install security cameras.

Security cameras can help identify burglars if they do enter your home.

7. Keep valuables out of sight.

If burglars can see valuable possessions inside your home, they may be more likely to attempt a break-in. Keep valuables in a safe or out of sight. Keep valuables in a safe deposit box at the bank for extra protection. That will prevent burglars from stealing your valuable possessions even if they break into your home.

8. Keep windows covered at night.

Burglars can see into your home at night if windows are not covered. Use curtains or blinds to keep windows covered at night.

9. Keep landscaping trimmed and tidy.

Burglars may use overgrown landscaping as a hiding place to approach your home. Keep your landscaping trimmed and tidy to eliminate hiding places.

10. Do not hide spare keys outside your home.

Hiding a spare key under the doormat or in a flowerpot is an invitation for burglars to enter your home. Keep your keys in a safe place where only you know the location.

11. Do not leave notes for delivery people on your door.

Leaving a note for the delivery person is like leaving a message for the burglar. Make arrangements with delivery people so that they do not need to leave a note on your door.

12. Get to know your neighbors.

Neighbors can keep an eye on your home when you are away and alert you if there are any suspicious activities.

13. Be aware of strange cars or strangers loitering in your neighborhood.

Burglars often case neighborhoods to find potential targets. If you see a strange car or person in your area, be aware of their presence and call the police if necessary.

14. Do not post your address on social media.

If you post your address on social media, you make it easy for burglars to find your home. Keep your address private to protect your home from burglars.

15. Do not advertise when you will be away from home.

When you post about your vacation on social media, you let burglars know that your home will be empty and unprotected. Wait until you return to post about your trip.

16. Stop mail and newspaper delivery while you are away.

Burglars may look for piled-up newspapers or mail as a sign that no one is home. Arrange to have your mail and newspaper delivery stopped while you are away.

17. Have a neighbor or friend check on your home while you are away.

Arrange for a neighbor or friend to check on your home while you are away. This person can keep an eye out for suspicious activities and collect any packages delivered to your home.

18. Use timers for lights and electronics.

Burglars are less likely to attempt a break-in if it looks like someone is home. Use timers for lights and electronics to make it look like someone is home even when you are away.

19. Do not let strangers into your home.

Be cautious and do not let door-to-door salespeople in. Burglars may pose as door-to-door salespeople to gain access to your home. Even if someone claims to be from a utility company or the police, do not let them in without proper identification. Call the utility company or police department to verify that the person is who they claim to be.

20. Trust your instincts.

If something does not feel right, it probably is not. If you have a gut feeling that someone is trying to break into your home, trust your instincts and call the police.

By following these tips, you can help secure your home and protect your family from burglars. Remember, the best defense against burglars is a well-informed homeowner. Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings to keep your home safe from burglars.

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