When you think of home security, it is likely that the first things that come to mind are electronic alarm systems, locked gates, and security cameras. All these things can help protect you, your family, and your property from potential trespassers who might have malicious intent. However, there are many things that you can do to make your house a less appealing target for burglars or prowlers, and most of these things are simple and easy and will often benefit in more ways than just improved security.
Furthermore, feeling safe at home is more than just protecting yourself from the outside; it is also important to protect yourself and your family from the inside by decreasing the chances of having any seriously harmful in-house accidents. If you are looking for some tips on how to safeguard your property (including your person) from harm, check out these tips:
It is important to keep your property safe from folks who might break in for one reason or another. Burglars or prowlers typically look for houses that are either unoccupied and/or easy to get into, and so it is key to keep your house looking occupied, whether you are at home or away – and then also secure it enough to make it tough to get into. The average burglar won’t spend more than 5 minutes on any individual house, unless he or she knows that there is something particularly valuable inside. So if your house has enough security features to make entry difficult, it is likely that the potential thief will give up before really starting the mischief.
Make sure there is always “someone around the house”.
Since rogues usually target houses that appear to be unoccupied, keeping your house so it looks occupied is an important task. There are a handful of things you can do to make this reality. Here are a few of those things:
1) Use automatic timers for your lights if you won’t be around to turn them on and off at normal times. This is one of the oldest techniques out there, and so you might think, “What’s the use of using timers? Everybody has them and everybody knows that everybody has them…” You should at least try not to make it obvious that no one is around, especially if you will be gone for an extended period of time.
2) Timers can also be used with devices which raise and lower curtains to make “the person around the house” even more realistic.
3) Which brings about another suggestion regarding curtains: If you frequently travel and are not home for extended periods of time, it is a good idea to keep your curtains closed much of the time when you are at home. This sounds strange, but that way there won’t be an obvious difference between when you are home and when you aren’t home, because…
4) Even if you use timers on your window hangings, you should keep them closed most of the time you are out of the house, so prowlers won’t be able to look into your house and deduce that there is no one around.
5) When you are at home, you should also park your car in the garage with the garage door shut. That way, when you are away, folks will not know whether your car is in the garage or not, but if you always park in the driveway or with the garage door open, it will be obvious when you aren’t home because your car will be gone.
6) You can also use automatic timers with a stereo system. Turn the music up and people will think you’re rocking out inside even though you’re not…
7) Turn the music up, but turn phone ringers and message machines way down so nobody can hear the phone ringing off the hook with nobody there to answer it.
If you are going to be away for an extended period, there are a few more that you should consider:
8) Have a trusted neighbor or friend pick up your mail and any newspapers that you get while away.
9) Have that neighbor or friend put out the trash on trash day if necessary as well as taking care of any yard maintenance, such as mowing the lawn or shoveling snow depending on the season.
10) Even if you don’t need any of that stuff done, you should still tell a trusted neighbor about your absence so he or she can watch out for your house.