Anybody who appreciates his family and possessions knows that it is important to protect our home and family from burglars. Keeping our home safe not only prevents burglars from entering and stealing our valuable possessions but also gives us the peace of mind we all need. With some common sense and little effort we can effectively secure our homes without breaking our budget.
Common Sense Security Tips to Protect Home & Family
- Cultivate the habit of keeping all your doors locked at all times even when you’re home. It only takes a few minutes for a burglar to enter your home through an unlocked door or window and walk away with your valuable possessions. Establish a routine of checking if your doors and windows are locked before going to bed at night or leaving the home.
- Make sure door and window locks are working properly. Install good quality and strong locks to your windows and doors. Replace locks when you lose your keys or when you move into a new home. Have an expert locksmith to put a master key system to your home. This can increase security and permit quick access in case of emergency.
- Train your kids not to open the door to anyone. It’s best to ignore solicitors at your door; they can be burglars wanting to return later. Install a peephole to look through and check before opening your door. Peephole can be fairly inexpensive and easy to install. You can also install a security screen door for extra layer of protection.
- Make sure the exterior areas of your home are well-lit, from garage, basement entrances to front door. Homes that are darker are commonly targeted by burglars. You don’t have to be psychic to protect your home. One good way to prevent intruders is to make sure the exterior areas of the home are illuminated. Use good outdoor lighting. Install spotlights with motion sensors around your house for extra protection.
- Do not plant bushes close to the patio nor front, side or back door when landscaping around your home. Bushes and hedges can provide cover for would be intruders. Keep your shrubs and bushes at reasonable height. Make sure to trim your bushes, overgrowth can conceal intruders. Taking steps to maintain your landscaping make your home appear more lived in.
- A dog with a big bark is great deterrent to a potential break-in. A dog may alert you to unexpected noise and the barking may scare the burglars away. Your dog doesn’t have to be huge to increase your home security, a small dog but sound huge is best. If you don’t own a dog, you can also consider putting a “beware of dog” sign in your front yard to threaten potential thieves.
- Handle your keys carefully. Don’t hide your spare key in a location where everyone will likely to look, such as under the doormat, flower pot or any outdoor object. Hide your key away from the door and out of your neighbours’ sight. Don’t leave your keys inside your car in a parking lot. The best place to leave your spare house key is at a trusted neighbour’s home.
- The best way to make sure your home is safe is by investing in a homesecurity system. It helps to keep intruders away and alert you in case of break ins and other emergency situation. The police will also be notified immediately if you have a security system at home. Install alarm warning decals stating that your home is protected by a security system on gates, lawn, doors and windows.
- Be responsible on what you post on social media. Avoid telling every single detail of your life on social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter. Telling the world that you are not home is an open invitation for unwanted people to come to your home. Don’t share your travel plans in cyberspace. Instruct your children never to reveal your travel plans online.
- Have protection close at hand such as baseball bat, loud whistle, bright flashlight and pepper spray close at hand. These items can protect you and act as defense mechanism against people who wants to harm you. Hair spray or perfume bottle can also be used to burn your attacker’s eyes. Keep your mobile phone close to your bed before going to sleep. This will make it easier to call for help in an emergency situation.
It is also good to keep a household inventory and pictures of your most valuable belongings such as furniture, paintings, jewelleries and luxury accessories. Your inventory can be used when reporting a burglary and filing an insurance claim.