Commonsense Home Security Tips You May Have Forgotten Unfortunately, most families these days have to spend time and energy worrying about keeping their home safe from thieves. Even in the nicest of neighborhoods, burglaries have become an unsurprising occurrence. Luckily, studies show that many of these break-ins are accomplished by amateur thieves with little experience and know-how. This means that it’ll be easier for you to outsmart the thieves. All it takes is a little preparation. Here is a list of tips to make sure you’ve gone to every effort to keep your home and family safe:
Never leave your doors unlocked This one seems like a no-brainer, but many families become relaxed about this rule and let it slip over time. They might always leave one door unlocked, like the back door or garage door. They might leave the house unlocked if they’re only making a quick run to the grocery store. Really, there are plenty of reasons to justify keeping the door unlocked, but to keep your home secure, it’s best to never do it.
Try to burglarize your own home Sometimes there are small loopholes in your home security that you might have missed. Most families can usually discover them by trying to break into their own home. (Or you may discover it by accident if you get locked out of the house.) Make a game of it with your children, or even ask a friend to help out. Then ask: Is there a window that’s easy to open? Is there a large sum of money out in plain sight? Does your garage door bounce open or your side fence not stay closed? Consider all of these possibilities, and then make sure to resolve them as soon as possible.
Get new locks Anytime you move into a new house, make sure to switch out all of the locks for new ones. Even if the previous owner seems trustworthy, you never know how many people he may have give the key out to in the past. You should also get new locks anytime you lose a key. To eliminate that possibility, be very aware of who you give
your key to. Don’t have too many excess copies of the key. And if you hide a key outside somewhere, make sure it’s in an extremely discreet spot — not under the mat or in the mailbox.
Keep your home well-lit Don’t leave any entryways to your house dark. Install bright lights for the porch, garage, side and backyard areas. If a light goes out, make sure to replace it as soon as possible. And when you go out of town, leave a couple lamps on in the house so that it isn’t obvious the whole family is gone for a long period of time. On that note, it’s a good idea to have someone come by and check on the house while you’re gone, even if you don’t have a pet to feed or plants to water. And avoid leaving notes for people on the doorstep or window — that makes it even more obvious that you aren’t around.
Published on Mar 30, 2014