According to recent national crime statistics, a home burglary takes place every eighteen seconds in the United States. While there is no way to completely safeguard your home, there are a few simple home safety tips you can take to ward off would-be robbers. Use these tips to protect your home and property:
Don’t make it easy for robbers to access your home or property. Front and back doors should be equipped with deadbolt locks. If your internal door lock can be accessed by breaking a nearby window, install double cylinder locks on both sides of the door. Glass sliding doors should be secured with pin locks and metal bars on the track. If you leave your windows open at night, open only a few inches to prevent anyone from coming in. Installing locks and motion alarms made specifically for windows can further secure your home. Do not leave ladders and tools out overnight. Besides being easy to steal, robbers can use ladders to break in to the upper stories of your home.
Whether going on vacation or heading off to work each day, make sure your home maintains a lived-in look. Despite the notion that burglaries happen in the middle of the night, your home is also at risk between the hours of 10 am to 3 pm — when you are most likely to be at work. Inexpensive and easy to install, automatic timers and motion sensors for indoor and outdoor lighting are essential for home security. Be sure to choose timers that have a random mode to keep robbers guessing.
The best long-term solution is to invest in Smart Home technology to control and automate your security system, heating and cooling systems, door locks-even the shades and lighting. Today’s Smart Home technology can allow you to protect your entire home armed with only a smartphone.
Home burglaries happen all year round, but the rate of home break ins drastically rises during the summer months. Open windows, working in the garage, and frequent use of the utility shed can leave your home and belongings at risk. Be sure to secure your residence indoors and out each day. Sit down with your family and discuss home safety tips. Create a checklist to help everyone remember crucial daily security measures.
If you are going to be away from home overnight, ask a neighbor to pick up newspapers and mail. Keep a car parked in your driveway or in front of your home if you will be away for more than a couple of days. Never advertise when you will be away from home. While it may be exciting to tell your friends about your upcoming Bahamas trip, beware of what you share online before you go on vacation. Avoid posting travel plans or “checking in” on location-based social media sites.
Curbside trash can mark your home as a viable target for theft. Hide any evidence of expensive purchases. Packaging from expensive electronic equipment like televisions and computers should be broken down and placed at the bottom of the recycling pile the night before trash pickup. Lightning can strike twice, so if your home has been broken into, robbers will sometimes wait until valuables are replaced and make another robbery attempt. Don’t advertise the contents of your home while waiting on trash day.
When choosing a home security system, get the best you can afford. Make sure it covers the perimeter of your property, especially if you have a storage shed or have items in your back yard like grills, furniture, or recreational vehicles. Many safety and security systems allow you to monitor your home on your cell phone so you can be quickly alerted to a potential burglary. And don’t forget to secure the wiring for your security system. Professional robbers can easily find and disable your system by cutting external wiring.
One overlooked and underestimated home safety tip is a proper peephole on all exterior doors. If your doors do not have windows, install a wide-angle 160° peephole and make sure it is located no higher that 58 inches from the ground. Ask all family members to check the peepholes before answering the door.
Burglars don’t want to spend a long time in your home searching for valuables. If you have expensive jewelry or cash to protect, consider creating a decoy safe that is easy to find. Hide your real diamond rings in a home safe in the basement, and fill the decoy with fake jewelry and a small amount of cash. If you fall victim to a break in, odds are the robber will grab and go. The best way to protect your family heirlooms and other irreplaceable items? Store them outside your home in a safety deposit box at your bank.
The best tool to protect your home is knowledge. Stay aware of your home and your valuables, stay up-to-date on the goings-on in your community, and understand that home security starts with you. If you are searching for a home that utilizes Smart Home technology with security and comfort in mind, then consider new homes for sale in Greenville from Great Southern Homes. Great Southern Homes is a leader in GreenSmart Home Technology - energy efficient homes for a greener and smarter lifestyle for you and your family.
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