Our home is where we go to feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, a home isn’t automatically a safe place. While burglary rates have gone down recently, there are still over 1 million reported burglary cases annually in the USA alone.
While living in a safe neighborhood can help, burglaries and break and enters can take place anywhere and at any time. As a result, you need to be taking extra steps to make sure your home is safe and sound. With that in mind, this article is going to go over a few tips to ensure your home is safe.
1. Lock Your Doors
While it might seem obvious to most, about 20% of Americans don’t or rarely lock their doors. This makes it incredibly too easy for a burglar to enter your home. One of the simplest and best ways to keep your home safe is to lock your doors. Whether you are leaving the house for the day, or just going to the store quickly, always lock your doors.
Also, if you decide to keep a spare key outside, get creative with where you keep it. Under the welcome mat, or in the planter are quite common and many burglars may check there. Keep your spare key hidden, or somewhere like in your garage behind a passcode that only family members will know. When most burglars are going to enter a home, they start with the door. Make sure to keep yours locked so they don’t have an easy way in.
2. Have an Alarm
A great way to ensure that you always feel safe in your home is to have an alarm and security system. There are a variety of different kinds of alarms and security systems out there, but many of them work in a similar way. They will alert you (and often the authorities) when anyone tries to enter your home.
These have gotten more technological in recent years and can now offer more functionality than ever to ensure your home is safe. Many can send you notifications, can be turned off and on remotely and they will keep you safe and secure by monitoring your home.
3. Keep it Bright
When someone is looking for a home to break into or burgle, they are likely to choose a home that is dark with a lack of lights. This allows them to sneak and be much more secretive. However, if your home is well-lit outside, it will deter people from breaking in. Whether you have your lights on a timer or motion-sensored lights, it can be a big help.
Also, when you leave for a trip or vacation, be sure to turn your lights on a timer. Keeping your home looking “lived in” can help keep burglars away. Have a neighbor take your mail to make it look even more like someone is always home.
4. Keep Expensive Things Out of Sight
Just like we like to window shop at stores, the same can be said for burglars. Looking through open windows is one of the most common ways for burglars to case a house. If they see a new TV, an expensive computer or other items, it could motivate them to break in. Do your best to keep valuables away from your windows to deter people from breaking in.
While simply having expensive items in sight doesn’t mean that you’ll be robbed, you want to take every precaution you can. If you don’t want to move everything around in your home, make sure to keep your blinds closed at most times.
5. Install Cameras
One of the best ways to deter or even catch burglars in the act is to install cameras. These will record at all hours of the day and if you are robbed, these cameras should catch the entire act. Be sure to get a camera that can be accessed by a mobile app, so you can check up on your home at any time.
In addition to outdoor cameras, there are a variety of other kinds that can be used. There are indoor cameras, hidden cameras, and even doorbell cameras. These will ensure that you can always be aware of what is going on in and around your home.
6. Check Out Your Front Door
Your front door is the main entry and exit of your home, and as a result, is incredibly important. It is often the first place a burglar will try when they are looking for a way into your home. If your door is weak or frail, many burglars won’t hesitate to kick it in if there are no other ways in.
Because of this, you should have a steel or hardwood front door, along with a deadbolt. If it is too lightweight, it won’t take much to break in. You could even look into getting the door reinforced for added protection. With a door like this, you can feel confident that thieves won’t be able to breach your home from the front.
7. Be Aware
The more aware of vigilant you are, the better you may be able to identify if you are being targeted. There are several things you can look out for in these instances. First of all, you need to keep a watch out for odd or strange people or vehicles consistently showing up in the area. Oftentimes, burglars will case an area for multiple days before choosing a home to target.
Also, someone coming to your door to offer to do work in or on your home, or sell you items, could be a ruse to see the interior of your home or see how you respond to knocks at the door. Some thieves will even “mark” your home for future reference by leaving an item or something else around and if it isn’t removed by you, that is a good sign that you’re not home.
8. Consider Getting a Pet
While you can’t always be home to deter robberies from taking place, your pet can. When burglars work, they want everything to go silently and incredibly smoothly. With a dog added to the mix, that is rarely the case. Most will bark loud at anyone getting close to your home and deter anyone from entering your home.
All of this noise is sure to alert others in the area, which obviously isn’t good for burglars. In fact, many burglars simply won’t mess with a house that is occupied by a dog to save the hassle. Even hanging a “Beware of Dog” sign in your window or on your fence may keep people away.
In conclusion, hopefully this article has been able to help you make sure your home is a safe place.
Wendy Dessler – Blog Author
Wendy Dessler is a super-connector who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.