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Keep Your Home and Family Safe with These Easy Tips

StnHng_edited2The interest in home security has been increasing over the past few years. We all want to feel safe and comfortable in our homes. Follow these tips on home security to help keep your mind at ease.

1. Put systems in place – Wireless Security Systems are easier and more cost-effective than hardwire security systems. By adding the extra protection of a security system, you will be notified of any type of occurrence and you can cut down on false alarms.

2. Plan for the worst – It may sound silly but planning for a possible break-ins is a great strategy to discover any weaknesses in your security system.

3. Lock it up! – Be sure to lock up your home whether you go out for short and long periods of time. A deadbolt on your locks might be a better option for doors and windows, as it defies any chance of loiding. Also, when you buy a new home, always check the locks and tumblers.

4. Hide the wires – A professional burglar looks for places where they can easily disconnect any home security systems so be sure to hide your wires.

5. Perception of the illusive – Your house should appear to be occupied at all times when you’re not home. Burglars look to see if anyone is home and if they think no one is home, they will break into your home. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you’re not around.

6. Fix broken alarms – If your alarm is faulty and frequently goes off or doesn’t work, then you may want to fix the alarm and tell your neighbors. Most people tend to ignore alarms that go off frequently.

7. Lost your keys? – We’ve all been there when we’ve lost our keys and then go to find the spare set and it’s nowhere to be found. To avoid break-ins, change your locks when you lose your keys.

8. House cleaner – If you’re planning to have your home professionally cleaned, you’ll want to make sure that the person is honest and reputable; check all references thoroughly. If the house cleaner is from a firm, call your local Better Business Bureau to check on the firm’s reputation.

9. Key hideaways – Most people tend to hide their spare key under the doormat or in a potted plant, but most burglars know this, so instead wrap the key in foil or put it in a 35mm film can, and bury it where you can easily find it if you need it.

10. Service notes – When you’re away, don’t leave post-it notes on the door for family members or service people, instead call and notify them. This simple act of accordance is acting as a welcome mat for burglars.

11. Brighten it up – If the entrances to your home are dark; consider adding light fixtures to brighten it up. Most intruders don’t want to be observed trying to get in a door.

12. Identify any suspicious persons – Before opening the door to any sales-person, request their credentials when they want entry into your home; ask them to slide ID under the door before letting him/her in.

13. Phone calls – If someone asks you to use your phone to call the mechanic or a friend, keep the door locked and tell them you’ll make the call for them.

14. Close the space – Don’t allow too much space between the door and the frame, as it is an invitation for the burglar to use a jimmy. Instead of having open space, reinforce the door with a panel of 3/4-inch plywood or a piece of sheet metal.

15. Door hinges – If there are door hinges on the outside of your home, then take down the door and install them so they are inside.

16. Glass patio door – Use a pipe or metal bar that is the same length as a side panel, and place it in the middle bottom track of the door slide.

17. Rotted frames – Replace rotted frames with new, solid wood.

18. Protect your windows – Install one or more locks on the inside of your windows, add an alarm system, burglar-resistant glass, or many small panes instead of one large area of glass so the burglar has to work harder to intrude.

19. Window locks – Once you properly install locks on your windows, drip some solder on the screw heads to stop a burglar from unscrewing the lock.

20. Social media – A regrettable mistake you could easily make is broadcasting that you are going away on social media. As tempting as it is to share your vacation plans with everyone, you will soon regret it when you return home to a potential crime.

21. Garbage cans – Ask your neighbors to use your garbage cans while you’re away so they won’t appear to be desolate, or simply hide them in a place where a burglar may not be able to see them.

22. Turn down the volume! – Most of us have our cell phones that we carry with us, but if you have a landline phone be sure to always turn down the volume; an unanswered phone is a signal to burglars that your house is empty.

Follow these tips to keep you and your family safe at home. For more home security tips you can click here.

Jeff Rutt