Around The House

Your home is likely one of your most valuable possessions; a place you want to feel safe and secure from the potential dangers of the outside world. Most homes have weak points, and seasoned thieves are pretty good at finding them. Burglars usually seek out easy targets, and will move on if the job appears too difficult. Fortunately, there are several easy steps that you can take to improve the security of your home, and implementing the following basic practices around your home is the first step to creating a secure environment for your family.

Improve visibility

sensorBurglars usually avoid well-lit homes, and installing floodlights with motion sensors attached will deter unwanted visitors. Outdoor security lights present more risk to a potential intruder, so schedule outdoor lights to be on in the evening, regardless of whether someone is home. That way, it’ll be harder to determine whether you’re on a trip or just working late. A high risk of detection may be all it takes to motivate a burglar to choose an easier target.

Reinforce doors and windows

windowsThe exterior doors to your home should have dead bolt locks that are at least 1 inch thick. Although these dead bolts can be more expensive than spring latch locks, they are much stronger and provide a higher level of security protection.

Install an alarm system

alarmThe best way to ensure an alarm really protects your home and family is making sure that criminals know you have an alarm before they target you. That means displaying the yard sign and window decals that say your house is protected by a home security system prominently outside the house. Regularly check to make sure the sign is visible. Burglars will generally bypass properties with visible alarm signs and go to another property that doesn’t have one.

Be savvy online

safeLots of people share their holiday plans and post travel photos on social media without even considering how many people are viewing it. Would you announce to a group of total strangers that your home will be vacant during the holidays? Be savvy online and ensure that your social media posts don’t let criminals know that your home will be empty for a significant period of time.

Nobody should feel threatened in their own home, and following the above tips will help you to create a more secure environment that will immediately improve the safety and comfort of you and your family.