No matter where you live or how secured your place is, crime and accidents might just happen. To better protect yourself and your properties, check out these security tips we laid out.
Home Security Tips
Protect doors and windows. Imagine yourself as a burglar and think of how easy or difficult it would be to break into your home. If you were locked out of your house, would you be able to get in? Take a walk around your home and look for areas of entry that could be easy access for burglars. In addition, change your locks when you move into a new house and any time you lose a key.
Let there be light. When you’re away from home, leave some lights on that can be seen from the street. If you’re going to be away for an extended time, use timers that turn on and off intermittently. Lights that stay on and don’t change can actually be a signal to burglars that no one is home.
Secure the outside of your home. Install drapes or blinds on all lower level windows and doors so that would-be thieves can’t see inside to assess expensive items like computers and televisions; however, don’t obscure doors and windows completely with heavy trees and shrubs.
Keep your plans private. You may be looking forward to your upcoming vacation, but wait until you’re back to share your plans publicly. It’s okay to share with your close friends and family that you’ll be out of town, but talking to your carpet installer, hairdresser, or even supermarket checkout clerk could be dangerous.
Consider installing a home security system. According to the Electronic Security Association, 9 out of 10 convicted burglars say they would avoid a home with a security system. And modern security systems actually offer much more than just security. Many systems, now have remote access capabilities, allowing you to arm and disarm your system, turn lights on and off and even check your security camera monitors right from your smartphone.