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Keeping Your Home Safe in 5 Simple Ways — $3.6 billion. That is the estimated amount of property loss suffered by victims of burglary offenses according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). That pertains to 1, 515, 096 recorded cases in a year alone. In just one country.
If you consider the sheer number of burglary cases happening around the world, you would want your home to be as safe as Fort Knox. Not only would you want to protect your valuables, but most importantly, you would want to keep you and your family safe.
Keeping Your Home Safe in 5 Simple Ways
You can protect yourselves from these unlawful break-ins. Here are some practical tips to keep those thieves away:
Keep Your Front Entrance Visible
Burglars are becoming more and more brazen. The FBI reports that more than a third of these housebreakers come in at the front door.
You certainly don’t want to make it even more inviting by adorning your front yard with tall shrubberies or decorations. Trim down shrubbery or plants that will obstruct the visibility of your front door.
Keep your front door in the line of sight of your neighbors so they can help you see if there are any thieves creeping around. Of course, this means that you should also cultivate a healthy relationship with your next door pals for them to want to watch out for you.
Also, invest in good lights around your property. Most burglars come at night so keeping your house exteriors well-lit will reduce the number of dark spots where they can hide. Choosing lights with timers is also a smart choice as these will give the illusion that someone is at home or awake.
Secure Your Windows
If the front door is closed, these robbers will most likely enter through windows. Keep your windows locked especially when leaving your house. Make sure the locks and latches are sturdy. Some are flimsy and easily breakable so it is better to invest in quality ones.
Make it harder to break into your home by using double-pane glass windows. Placing plants like cactus or other thorny shrubs underneath windows can also be a deterrent.
Invest in a Good Alarm System
Even if you have your neighbors, yourself, and maybe even a canine friend keeping house watch, it pays to have a reliable alarm system installed.
Search and consult a qualified and experienced home security company to install security alarms and cameras in your home. Having a professional group fit an alarm kit will provide you with increased protection and security.
There are various state-of-the-art domestic alarms that you can choose from. Some companies can tailor the alarm system according to your needs and may even offer wireless, pet-friendly, or app-controlled intruder monitors. Some approved companies also offer 24-hour intruder monitoring along with an automatic link to the police station for immediate response.
Keep the (Social Media) Noise Down
Thieves these days also make use of social media in scouting their next prey.
Keep your social media posts to a minimum when going on vacations. Do not advertise to the world that no one is at home when you are on holiday. If you cannot resist posting photos, perhaps you can do give the impression that someone is at home watching over your house. A cleverly worded post or update can take care of that. Better yet, do the photo posting when you get back from your holiday break.
Better to be Safe than Sorry
Even the best laid plans fail sometimes. In the unfortunate event that a slippery prowler succeeds and enters your house, make sure that you and your other housemates are put to safety first.
As for your valuables, invest in a trusty safe. Store money, jewelry, and other valuable items inside.
Some homeowners opt not only for security vaults or safes but even go as far as having a safe room installed. Contact a trustworthy safe installer or locksmith to consult which system is best based on your needs.
Play it Safe
With millions of incidents regarding burglary and theft happening all around, it is better to take the smart road and protect yourself from being burglarized. You don’t want to fall into the hands of these sneaky predators so you will want to keep these practical points in mind to keep your home safe.
Being shrewd when it comes to your home safety systems and keeping your guard up will surely help in ensuring that the defenses of your own fortress are solid. The comfort and peace of mind that you will get from safeguarding your home by installing home security systems will definitely make a difference.
Most importantly, making sure that you take the essential steps in improving the safety and security of your home will protect what your real treasures are – your life and that of your loved ones.
Michael Dunne created Safecell Security Ltd in 2001 and acquired Authorized Access in 2013. He is now Managing Director of both companies and oversees the strategic development and day to day running of the businesses.
Michael has spent over 20 years in the security industry and specialises in the Design, Installation, Maintenance and Commissioning of electrical security systems such as Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarms, CCTV, Warden Control and Access Control and all Physical security including Key Cutting, Safe & Lock Picking, Suited Key Systems, Automated Barriers & Gates and Shutters, throughout the North West of England.