Whether you have children in your home, valuable possessions, or you live in a high crime area, home security is often a top priority. Protect your household by taking precautionary steps instead of regretting an intruder coming in later. Read the tips in this article to make your home safer.
If you are a female and living alone, it’s understandable that you may feel afraid about home invasions. People are more likely to try to take advantage of women. Try placing a pair of big, muddy boots on your front step to give the appearance of a man staying in the house.
When you move into a new home change all the locks. Even though the previous homeowner may have given you keys to the house, there might be a key out there that someone has. To be sure you are as safe as possible, get all new locks for your new house.
If you want your home to be safe and secure, it is important to have a security analysis preformed by a reputable company. This will assess the weak points of your home security and will help you understand what areas need more protection and what areas have sufficient protection to keep you safe.
A survey taken by police officials reveals that 85 percent of them believe a home is more protected when equipped with a security system. Also, 60 percent of attempted burglaries are unsuccessful when the targeted home has a security system. For this reason, home insurance companies give a discount if the home has a security system.
Make sure all exterior wiring is well protected or covered. Copper wiring is a favorite object for theft as it is often accessible from outside the home and can be sold for a great deal of money. Air conditioners are a prime target for copper thieves. Also make sure exterior power and phone lines are protected and not easily cut.
Protect your valuables. Some common ways to do this are by storing them inside a safe-deposit box or storing them in a heavy home safe that’s nearly impossible to move. Make sure the safe is fireproof. You can use a chiseled-out space in the very top of your door for smaller valuables. You can even create a hiding place in a acoustical ceiling by removing a tile and restoring it with something like magnetic fasteners. Make sure to avoid leaving fingerprints with this method.
Make sure that you have smoke alarms in every sector of your home to stay safe at all times. This is important as you will need some sort of notification when you are sleeping and unable to notice that a fire is occurring. If you have a one level house, one smoke alarm will suffice.
Park in the garage. While it may be tempting to use the garage as an extra storage area instead, doing so will mean that you have to park out where everyone can see your car. Not only are you setting yourself up to have your vehicle vandalized, but burglars can also keep track of when you are home and when you are away.
If you have valuables, and you need a place to store them, look no further than the walls of your home. In between the studs is a lot of empty space, and you can easily store jewelry or anything else you don’t want a burglar to have access to. Simply install a fake electrical outlet, and use it to take things in and out of the wall.
Avoid putting your name on your mailbox. As silly as it may seem, doing so gives a thief ammunition to break into your home. They could easily call directory assistance using your name to get your phone number. Then, they will call you to find out if you are home or not.
Check the batteries of your smoke detector each and every week to determine if they are running low. If your smoke detector is not on, it will not pick up the smoke of the fire, which can lead to a disaster. Use quality batteries that last a very long time on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Don’t throw away boxes for expensive or valuable items until the garbage collection day. If you set these boxes out with the trash, thieves will know you have expensive items in your house.
Plant a sign that discourages people from soliciting near your house. This will prevent people from coming to your door that you do not know. If you have this sign posted and there is someone who wants to rob your house, they may feel uncomfortable coming up to your door as it will look suspicious.
Your dog is likely to be your best friend, but he can also protect your home. When you are out, he will stand guard, barking at and even attacking anyone who attempts to enter when they shouldn’t. Train him to understand that when you let people inside, that is okay.
If you want to have glass in your door itself or near it, make sure the lock and knob are not within reach. Anyone can break the glass and reach inside, so test it out yourself. Measure the distance from the glass to the lock and then measure your arm.
If your door has a numeric keypad, don’t use your birthday as the password. Your birth date is pretty easy to come by, especially for seasoned thieves. Use a password that you can remember but that no one else will be able to guess.
If you let any service or delivery people into your home, make sure you check your window locks. Unscrupulous workers will sometimes use a legitimate job to “case” a home, leaving a back window unlocked for easy entry when they return later. Do a quick check after anyone you don’t know well has had access.
Instead of hoping that nothing bad will happen to you or your family, expect the worst and prevent it from the start. This article should have given you some ideas, and now it’s up to you to follow through. Apply these tips to your life for a safer, more secure home.