Expert opinions for the safety of your home.
Protecting your home may seem like a tall order, but once you’ve purchased and installed home security, the toughest part of the challenge is taken care of. The rest lies in the details.
If homeowners are vigilant and aware of the obstacles they may encounter at their home, they can fully prepare themselves to overcome any potential threat of a burglar. We’ve put together some expert tips and often overlooked points regarding home safety.
Avoid hiding spare keys
Never spend money on fake rocks, birdhouses, or other tools where you want to hide a spare key. Burglars are aware that it is a common practice to hide spare keys in these areas, and they are not naive as to where they should be looking. Instead, opt to give a spare key to a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member.
Advertise your home security equipment
If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Always have signs, decals, and notices that advertise that you have home security equipment, and even animals. A burglar is less likely to target a home that they know is protected with home security equipment.
Stick to the basics
Never leave doors, windows, or garages open or unlocked. Break-ins are often crimes of opportunity. Covering your bases is an easy way to deter a would-be burglar. I fully suggest getting solid wood gates to protect your entrance from any curious looks.
Don’t answer strangers
Many burglars will knock on a door to see who’s at home before committing a crime. If they realize that no one is home, they will go forward with their actions. If you hear a knock at the door, don’t open to strangers, without checking to see who is at the door first.
Front doors should be reinforced with solid locks and deadbolts, as most burglars gain entrance through the front door.
Place valuables in a safe
Important and expensive personal items should be placed in a home safe. These home safes should be anchored to the floor or a permanent shelf. Items that are often placed in safes include guns, jewelry, money, and other personal items. Remember that thieves aren’t always strangers that are targeting your home. Sometimes thieves are relatives, friends, babysitters, housekeepers, or children.
Make the home seem lived-in
Timers, lights, and televisions will give burglars the impression that someone is home. Since most burglaries happen during the day, it’s important to do whatever you can to give burglars the impression that you are home. When you’re away for vacation, these tricks and tips will come in handy.
Make the home appear well-kept
Burglars are more likely to target a home that isn’t well kept because it gives the impression that homeowners are away, or that they do not care about their property. If you’ll be away, put a stop to receiving mail, and if you need additional help, ask neighbors or family and friends to help with mail and trash.
Avoid posting on social media
As excited as you are about your vacation, and as much as you would like to announce it to the world, posting about vacation on social media may lead to unwanted traffic to your home. Several social media sites are open for the public to see, and some opportunists in your friend circle may even try to take advantage of you being away. Wait until you return from your trip before you start posting about the vacation.