5 Secrets to Staying Safe in Your House
Guest post by Hubert Dwight
You may think that home burglary will never happen to you, but the unfortunate truth is that it’s a real possibility.
With most families embracing a tech-forward lifestyle in which they own many expensive devices, it’s easier than ever for burglars to enter your home and steal thousands of dollars worth of possessions in one hit.
Instead of putting yourself at risk of becoming a victim of crime, read these tips below to get some ideas on improving your home safety:
Beef Up Home Security
Not everyone knows that a low-end system is often not enough to stop a high-end burglar.
If your home security systems aren’t up to date or lack the necessary features to keep a burglar out of your home, you run the risk of them being a minor inconvenience for a thief rather than a complete deterrent.
Alongside a standard burglar alarm, you should also incorporate sensors, lights, and 24/7 monitoring by an alarm company to ensure maximum security.
You can even opt for a security system you can monitor from your smartphone that alerts you any time there’s unexpected movement in your home.
Light Up Your World
Using outdoor lighting can add a beautiful touch of ambiance to your property, but it can also boost your home’s security.
By eliminating dark spots around your yard and keeping your entire property well-lit, you can deter would-be thieves from entering your home.
When burglars know that they’re in full view of cameras and other people, they’re less likely to strike.
Given the alarming number of burglaries that occur each year, every little thing you can do to protect your property will help.
Spare Key Safety
If a burglar is trying to gain access to your home, the first place they’re going to look is under your doormat or flowerpot for your spare key.
Even if you have a home security system in place, a swift thief will be able to unlock the door, make a beeline for the closest item of value and run away.
In some cases, your insurance may not even cover your loss. Instead of leaving a key outside, give it to a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member that you can contact should you get locked out.
When you believe you live in a safe neighborhood, it’s easy to get complacent and leave your children’s bikes on the lawn, the garage unlocked, and garden tools on the front porch.
All it takes is an opportunist to pass by and swipe your belongings in seconds.
To prevent this from happening, make a point of locking everything up when you finish with it – that includes your front and back doors!
Even though burglary has been on the decrease in the United States since 1991, there are still on average 470 cases per 100,000 people each year.
This means that, unfortunately, you’re more at risk than you think you are.
Be Wary of Visitors
Burglars often want to make sure they’re visiting the best houses, so it’s not uncommon for them to sniff around before making their move.
Always be wary of those asking to use your phone, trying to sell you something at the door, or offering to do odd jobs around your home.
Never let a stranger into your house unless they can provide you with formal, valid identification.
Take the time now to check all your locks, remove that spare key from under the mat, and install outdoor lighting. These quick and simple measures are all it takes to prevent becoming a victim of burglary and most importantly, ensuring the safety of you and your family.