Tips on Home Security from A to Z ~ Part 1
Did you know you could make your home less appealing to burglars and prevent many property crimes? Over the next three weeks I will give you a breakdown from A – Z on what you should know about making your home more secure and safe.
You’ll find lots of options and tips — some that come with a heftier price tag and may require a professional installation, and others that are simple DIY solutions that can still boost your home’s security.
Alarm System — Do your researchsinceyou can either go with a professionally installed system or opt for one you can install yourself. A dedicated home alarm system that is professionally installed and monitored 24/7 with an outside company will require a subscription fee but it will handle contacting your local fire and police departments when alarms are triggered. A DIY-installed dedicated system can be purchased online or at a local store, and you can monitor your home using smart home technology (more on that later!). You can build on an alarm system with extra security components depending on your specific needs.
Backyard Security — Don’t forget about windows in your backyard that can provide easy and hidden access to your home. Consider getting window sensors to alert you if a window is opened or broken; or even window film that keeps glass shards together to prevent entry.
Cameras — Having an extra set of “eyes” outside and inside of your home can be a huge plus in terms of security. There are even smart technology systems available so that you can access and view when you’re not home. Having a camera on your porch or even a doorbell camera can help prevent package delivery theft or alert you when someone is at your front door. Consider cameras for the backyard to view pools or outside storage sheds. An inside camera can allow you to monitor activity while you’re away.
Don’t Forget About Items in Your Car — Car break-ins happen more frequently than home break-ins, so make sure you lock your car doors even when it’s in your driveway. Plus, lock your glovebox if it contains personal identifying information, such as with your car registration and insurance cards. And don’t leave other items such as checkbooks, receipts, cash and any identifying information in your car. And, don’t leave store packages or anything expensive inside your car that can be easily seen!
Eliminate Temptations with Visible Items — A simple way to prevent burglaries is to not have valuable items visible, such as near first-floor windows for intruders to see from the outside, or even storing items such as bikes on a front porch. Many crimes tend to happen in the daytime, but remember to close blinds or shades at night so you’re not shining a spotlight on expensive items such as TVs, laptop computers, etc.
Fences and Gates — These can be a way to prevent intruders from coming onto your property, but don’t forget to lock them. Never make it easy on burglars since they’ll move on to another property if your home has a barrier like a locked gate and fence.
Garage Security — Don’tget lax when it comes to your garage since it can provide easy access from the outside to the inside of your home. A few things to keep in mind: prevent access to the emergency release cord to open the garage door; consider door alarm sensors; make sure you always lock the inside door to your home from garage so if anyone gets into garage they can’t get inside the main part of the home; and don’t leave your automatic garage door opener inside your car if it’s parked outside.
Hiding Keys Outside — So many homeowners do this in case someone in the family forgets or loses keys. Don’t think your hiding space is that clever!! If you do decide to hide a set of keys, don’t put them under a doormat, inside a planter, or even near the door. Put them somewhere far away from the door and in a very unique spot. Or, have a trusted neighbor have a set of keys. Also consider getting a keyless doorknob with a code to open the door. These are a game changer!
Stay tuned for next week for more tips on keeping your home safe!
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