According to statistics, a home invasion happens every 14.4 seconds. This is an astonishing statistic. Many people consider their home to be their biggest asset. Considering the amount of energy, time, and money that are invested by homeowners when acquiring their home, it is no surprise that security is a top priority for them. Securing one’s home doesn’t have to be complicated though. There are several ways to go about doing so, ranging from the very simple to complex. For starters, it is important to know a few key principles when it comes to home security. Furthermore, the following are some helpful tips to keep your home and your family safe.
Several families have a dog that they consider to be family. If this is you, you can put your dog’s collar to good use. Instead of hiding the key somewhere outside where it’ll be easy for criminals to find, securely clip your spare key into Fido’s collar. This usually works best if you have a dog who can get outside via a doggie door or is an outside dog. In the case that your family owns more than one dog, clip the key to the collar of the dog who is most likely to shy or away from or scare an intruder.
Keep valuable electronics out of sight
If while you’re standing outside your house you notice your big screen TV in plain sight to passers-by, you may be unintentionally inviting unwanted attempts on your home. Sometimes intruders will pass by the house a few times to understand the layout of the home and anything in plain view will be the first to go. Also, it’s quite possible that the burglar will believe there are even more valuable items to be had inside your home, so your house could become a prime target. In all possible cases, move your assets out of view of the street, or in the least, cover your windows to obstruct them from view.
Install a home security system
In a lot of cases, simply having a home security system can give you peace of mind. Burglars prefer to enter and exit your home quietly so as to not draw unwanted attention to themselves. If it is apparent to them that entry into your home will set off an alarm, they’re far less likely to target your home. Furthermore, a home invader who enters a home where an alarm is engaged unknowingly, is likely to make a hasty retreat. They may try to grab a valuable on the way out, but the loss is typically far less than if they were able to get in and out uninterrupted.
Keep your garage clear of clutter
Anymore these days, most families are using their garages for storage space rather than a place to park their vehicles. This presents a risk for a few different reasons: first, your vehicle is now a target for theft. Second, your comings and goings are more easy to understand when you park your car outside. Clean out the garage and park inside. This one simple tip can greatly reduce your risk of both home burglary and automotive theft.
By implementing these four things, you stand a better chance against home invasions or burglaries. Aside from these tips, it’s also important to keep your bushes trimmed, use motion sensor lights, and always lock windows and doors when you’re away. Some of these things most people don’t think make a difference, but the idea is to be smarter than person interested in breaking into your home. Smart choices can help your home remain secure and your family safe.