Nothing is more important that ensuring your family is safe. This makes securing your home a top priority. There are many things that the conscientious homeowner can do to make their home safer. Several of those things are steps you can take today – and sleep better tonight.
1. Remote Key Entry
When seconds count, fumbling for your keys can waste precious time. It can mean the difference between getting to safety indoors and becoming another statistic. Remote key entries for your vehicle, front door, and garage door can provide an exceptional security measure that can get you and your family to safety when seconds count.
Keyless entry is available as an option on many vehicles. It can also be added as an aftermarket accessory on most older vehicles. Several home security companies offer remote key entry for the home as an option with their system.
2. Secure Doors and Windows
This may seem like obvious advice, but according to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 30 percent of home invasions are what law enforcement refers to as “unlawful entry” which means the intruder gained entry to the home without the use of force. In other words, they entered the home through an unlocked window or door.
Make sure that you lock all windows, doors, patio doors, and garage doors. Before you leave, especially if you are leaving for several days, check all possible points of entry and make sure your home is locked up tight.
3. Lights on Timer (or on security system)
Statistics show that most burglaries occur during the months of July and August when many people are on vacation. When you leave for vacation or even overnight, put your lights on a timer so that they turn on and off at set times. This can be a deterrent against a break in because it give the appearance that someone is home.
You can purchase a timer for your lights at home improvement stores or stores that sell devices for the home. Some home security systems also come with timers for lights.
4. Don’t Post Vacation on Social Media
There is an alarming number of people who post their vacations and check-ins on social media. Criminals troll social media sites looking for that very thing. The would be burglar sees where Miss Suzy is checking in at a restaurant that is several states away from where she lives so he can reasonably conclude that her home is unattended. He swoops in, takes what he wants and is gone before she finished dessert. Don’t post your vacation info on your social media profiles. In fact, don’t post where you live or photos of your home, children, and other private matters on your profile. It simply isn’t safe.
5. Signs and Stickers
Alarm system signs and stickers can be an effect deterrent against break ins. When would be burglar sees a sticker on a window or a sign in a yard that indicates the home has an alarm system, he often will pass right on by. Some people have the signs and stickers but not the actual system. This is not recommended because it is well worth it to give your home that added layer or protection.
6. Alarm System
According to the FBI, approximately only 30 percent of homes are equipped with security systems. Homes that are not equipped with a security system are as much as three times more likely to experience a break in. Renters are also more prone to break in’s than homeowners, likely due to the fact that few renters invest in a security system.
Securing your home with an alarm system is a smart, effective way to secure your home and protect your family. When combined with these other home security ideas you can substantially decrease your risk of being burglarized or experiencing a break in.
How do you keep your home, property, and family safe? What is your favorite home security tip?