7 Home Security Tips To Keep Your Family Safe



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With the state of the world today, many people are experiencing fear of the unknown. Things are increasingly uncertain and stress is high for everyone.

It seems the number of desperate, angry people in the country is growing.

Desperate people sometimes do desperate things to provide for their families.

Knowing this can be cause for concern about increased criminal activity.

But securing your home against potential criminal activity can provide confidence you need to worry less.

You may notice increased activity in your area at night or an increase in “strangers” visiting your neighborhood.

If so, it’s time to step up security around your home.

Luckily, there are some quick preventative techniques you can use to improve security of your home.

You can implement these things gradually if money is tight as it is for so many people now.

#1 Use and reinforce existing locks and keep intruders out.

Criminals tend to take the path of least resistance. Many thefts and break-ins are crimes of opportunity rather than planned.

You’d be surprised how many of these thieves will simply move on to the next home if your house and vehicles are locked.

Swap standard short screws in your locks and door frames with longer screws that aren’t as easy to compromise.

This reinforces your existing locks quickly and easily.

When feasible invest in a metal frame and metal door. Use floor locks and window stops or add safety glass film to windows.

Put a security decal in your window or a sign in your yard to deter potential criminals.

#2 Resist the urge to announce your routine, large purchases, or other personal details.

It can be tempting to share new items or other plans with friends. But sharing your plans on social media is risky.

Criminals monitor social media and eavesdrop to find unsuspecting easy targets.

Use social media privacy settings to limit those who can see your posts to friends and people you trust.

#3 Keep your garage closed during the day.

Put valuable items away out of sight when not in use.

Leaving the garage open in daylight displays things of value like motorcycles, ATVs, or lawn equipment to criminals who may be cruising for their next target.

Vary your routine so your time away from home is not predictable.

If potential intruders can’t predict when you are home or will be home, you are less of a target.

These are simple techniques that cost nothing but can help protect your home.

#4 Take advantage of home automation technology.

Use smart home features, such as motion sensors, lighting timers, and other tricks to make it appear someone is home and alert.

Outside cameras, working or not, also send a clear message to criminals that someone is always watching.

Solar powered lights can make you less of a target at night. These can also come in handy, especially during a power outage when other houses are dark.

#5 Keep a clear view.

Trim hedges and bushes between your neighbors home and yours below eye level.

Remove bushes along your driveway or up next to your entryways or windows to eliminate hiding places.

Outdoor lighting also makes it harder for thieves to sneak around in your yard, get close to your house, or enter your outbuildings without being seen.

These techniques enable you to see what’s outside and increases the chance a neighbor or passerby will call for help if they see something strange.

#6 Be civil to your nearest neighbors and service people.

Remaining friendly with neighbors increases the chance they’ll let you know if someone is lurking around your home.

Neighbors can also be valuable resources if you fall or have another emergency and can’t call for help on your own.

Get to know who your service people, postman, meter readers, and garbage men are and establish a rapport with them.

If you are friendly and pleasant when you see them, they may give you a heads up if they see someone loitering around your home.

Building a network of people around your home or business can help you prevent a potential problem.

#7 Above all, learn to be aware and alert to your surroundings.

Put things in place that give you a few minutes warning of a potential intruder.

Sometimes just a bell or other noisy item to alert you that your door is opening or knowing what your home sounds like at night normally, can give you precious minutes to react.

Not all strangers to your neighborhood or nearby businesses are dangerous or potential criminals of course.

Quite often a stranger to you is a trusted friend to your neighbor. And you can’t tell a dangerous person just by looking at them.

There’s a difference between being aware and alert and being a busybody. Knowing the difference is critical.

But the first step to noticing early signs that something is unusual or out of place is knowing what’s normal.

Increased home security is something I’ve been working on a lot myself lately.

I pay a little more attention to who is coming and going, especially at the house of the long-time older couple who live across the street.

Just in case they need my help.

And it seems lately even our dog is hyper-alert. As if he somehow knows things are different.

He growls or barks to let me know someone is coming or going more frequently lately.

He has different growls or barks for the mailman, garbage men, or delivery men, as well as for the neighbors.

It gives me peace of mind to know I’ll likely have a heads up when something is amiss.

Try some of these techniques. You may find being prepared helps you worry less and enjoy more.

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