Tips for Home Security

Are you securing your home as much as possible? Make sure that your priorities in order. It is wise to think about the things a thief would consider–your goal is deterrence. The best home security measure is an untested one that simply frightens thieves off before they have a chance to attack. Having said that, run through some of the major points of home security before you consider anything else.

•    Maintain the habit of closing and checking all your doors and windows when you leave the house. Even upper story windows can pose a possible home security threat as clever and agile burglars will find a way to get to them. And keep away tools which will make their plans easier for them.

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•    Do not ever forget about outdoor lighting! As with landscaping, visibility should be considered always. Never let shadows collect, particularly not near any of your exterior entry ways. Motion detecting lights can save power and spook would-be intruders.

•    Keep in mind deadbolt. As far as keeping your home safe, this is one of the most essential tools. Devote in one that goes all the way to the door frame, and don’t forget to put it to use every single time you leave the house. Otherwise, what’s the point of having it set up?

•    Are your door frames reinforced? This could not sound like a big problem, but you may think twice if someone ever kicks your door in. A reinforced frame is every bit as important as the correct kind of lock combination.

•    Put in alarms for smoke and glass to alert you within the home and when you’re away. This allows you to contact authorities promptly and when you’re at your workplace or away on a break.

•    Always make that lived-in appearance. Stop normal activities such as the mail or newspaper to ensure the most effective home security. These items pile up after some time and are a telltale sign of the home being unoccupied. In reality, thieves look for these signs when planning their next break in.

•    Consider your landscaping. Lots of people get the idea that more trees and bushes are a great thing but actually it’s an easy method of entry offering concealment – fenced-in or hedged back yards, rear or side doors/windows fully or partly shielded from view by fences, screened patios, shrubs, sheds, basement window wells. Keep any big shrubbery well pruned to improve visibility around your property and get rid of any possible hiding places for possible thieves

Whenever you leave your home especially for long weekends or holidays, record your property. You could list and take photos of all your valuable items, recording serial numbers on large valuables. Store all this information off-site so that in case of theft, you’ll have a record of your entire home.