The home security tips listed here can help you protect your house from robbers and thieves.
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It is reported that every 20 seconds there’s a house break-in that occurs in the U.S. and here are things you can do to avoid that.
1. Prepare and maintain a landscape that would not attract burglars.
Sketchy and shady-looking places on your landscape could be a hiding post for burglars. Don’t keep anything that a burglar could hide – be it inside your house or outside. Make sure that any plants won’t block the view and maintain them by trimming and stripping some of its leaves and branches. You might want to consider studying how to cut trees or bushes that would create a view from your home. This gives the burglar a hard time hiding from you and might not even consider going into your home. Consider adding wind chimes too or motion detectors, too. These are just precautions and making sure that if someone does break into your home, you would know.
2. Talk with your local police department.
Who else can give you security other than the police? The police department can give you more tips regarding home security, usually, they would do rounds and check for any suspicious strangers roaming around the area. If you do see something unusual in your neighborhood, it would be best to report this to your local police officers to give them a heads up and they could go check up on the are reported. Aside from this, you can actually ask the local police department (or maybe do a little research of your own) about the crime statistics in your neighborhood. With this information you can have an idea what kind of home security you would need and the police officer you are talking to could give you advice on this, too. In the event that you witness or confirm a break-in in your neighborhood, do report it immediately to your police officers to help them track down the thief or burglar and make your locale a safer place to live.
3. Get to know your neighbors.
Take the time to socialize and be civil with your neighbors as they could be your partners on the lookout for anyone suspicious. Your neighbors might notice something from the outside of your home that you can’t see from the inside then they can tell you that about it and the two of you can report it to your police officers. You and your neighbors can work together to protect not just each other’s homes but the area’s entirety as well. If something ever does happen, you can seek help from your neighbors and vice versa if they’re on the other end. Also getting to know your neighbor would give a glimpse if you have to actually watch out for them or not. It is best to be cautious and know them so you have an assurance that you are safe with them and are not engaged in any shade business. Creating a bond between neighbors such as planning activities together would be nice to develop a more comfortable and safe space.
4. Add lighting to your home.
It would be good to invest in good lighting, not just for the eyes but also to not lure any burglars in. Burglars and thieves usually have a mindset that if the lights are out in a house, the owners are usually asleep or not home. With the rate of advancement of technology that we have, you can buy smart light bulbs that make it look like you are home even though when you are away. Another new type of lighting that would be very helpful to protect your home is to add motion-sensitive lightings, these are types of lighting that go on if the sensor catches up with something that moves like when you walk past it. If a burglar does get into your house and the motion-activated lighting goes on, the burglar would be startled and, in some cases, might make a noise that could notify you or set off any alarms that you have in the house.
5. Keep tabs on deliveries.
As the years go by, online shopping has been one of the major conveniences that have been offered to mankind. People get to buy the things they need from the Internet and have them delivered right at their doorsteps – minimizing human contact by having online payments too. Delivery riders usually just leave the packages, parcels, or documents right out your front door and leave. Since it is already paid and still sealed or packed and is just right outside your door, it could easily be stolen if the streets are empty. Don’t leave your delivery boxes where people could easily see and get. Here’s how you can protect your delivery boxes and your home: (1) Make an effort to at least cover your deliveries if you are not going to bring them in yet, (2) If you are not home most of the time and in the office, have it delivered to where you are most of the time and just bring it home yourself or take some time to wait for it to get to your doorstep and bringing it inside your before going anywhere else, and (3) Require a signature upon delivery to acknowledge that you have received the package – you may lash out on the delivery company for not delivering your package thinking that they really did not but it actually got to your house but was stolen while you were away.
6. Devise a security system.
It does not have to be techy; basics like locking all doors and windows every time you leave the house are as important as activating your alarm systems to notify you when a break-in happens while you are away. Keys for your front or back door should not be kept at obvious places such as plant pots and under placemats. You can actually invest in smart locks for your doors wherein you won’t actually need a key to bring or keep anywhere. There are many options with a smart lock for your door – you can use fingerprint, PIN codes, and an RFID card. Most smart locks also have the feature to connect to your phone so you can monitor it and change its settings even while you are away. Plus, it detects if your door is properly closed and locks the knob itself.
7. Control your view.
Make sure that you have a spot to see the outside of your front door from the inside of your house – in this way, if someone comes into your doorstep you could actually see who it is. Keep your valuables in a safe place in your house, it does not actually mean that you’d need to hide it—just keep it out of sight from the street. One way to have more privacy in your home without actually shutting down your view of the outside is by installing one-way window films or tints. Looking through your window from the outside would make it look like just a blank film, but you can actually see what’s going on outside. For something budget-friendly, blinds and drapes could actually help to cover up or hide your big appliances such as a refrigerator from the view from outside. Also, make sure to close the drapes and curtains at night.
8. Secure everything you keep outdoors.
Since there are things that are kept outdoors rather than indoors, you must also try to protect these. It does not mean that if it’s outside you don’t get to secure it. If you have outdoor structures such as sheds or garages – always keep them locked at night and whenever you’re away so people can’t go in them or hide inside them. If you have belongings outside your houses such as lawnmowers, bicycles, grills, and outdoor gear protects them by locking them up – not in a shed but by attaching a chain into it and secure the chain with a padlock in a steel rod installed in your lawn.
9. Keep your home safe when you’re away.
Making it look like you are home even when you are away could help protect your home. This would give the burglars and thieves an implication that you are home and they would not have the chance to break in. Make a friend or family stop by every now and then to remove flyers that would make it look like an unmanned house or hire someone to maintain your lawn to mow or remove snow (depending on the weather). As for your deliveries, you can cut your subscriptions or pause them for a while so they won’t get stuck at your door and be open for anyone to get them while you are not at home. Planning things before you leave your house to make it seem that you are there is a great measure to take to keep your home and belongings safe from break-ins.
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