Do we now spend more time worrying about the security of our computers than our own houses, or is it just me? Although firewalls protect your computer from viruses and hackers, have you updated the locks on your doors since you moved into your home? Have you left any tools, ladders, or other items in your yard that a thief may use to smash a window and enter your house? Do you own a security system that you never arm? Windows that are left open? Are doors they left unlocked? When was the last time you strolled around your home and contemplated how simple it would be to break in, acting like a burglar? That’s what I was thinking, too.
Let’s look at some wise security suggestions that might make your house safer for you and your family. And what’s this? Compared to the security software installed on your computer, most of them are simpler to deploy.
First, remember that most thieves will stay away from inhabited homes. However, this does not imply that your family is always secure while they are at home. It would help if you didn’t automatically assume that nothing will ever happen simply because someone is around since there are always exceptions to the norm. Your possessions are in danger if a burglar enters when you aren’t home. Your family is also in trouble if a burglar enters your house while they are there.
Now that I’ve had your attention let’s look at some steps you may take to reduce the possibility of being a target.
Even if your buddies are reliable, never give them your keys. Make sure you always know where all of your home keys are. Never utilize hide-a-keys or place the key outside the home in a flowerpot, above the door, under the doormat, or anywhere else. Thought you were being smart, but what do you know? Burglars are adept at every tactic. Their role is to (however despicable). If you ever utilize valet parking, leave your keys with parking lot workers, or even leave your keys at a repair shop, keeping your vehicle keys and home keys on separate rings is a good idea.
Adults have no trouble reminding their children of this rule—don’t allow strangers into your home—but many are unaware that it also applies to them. Being watchful is essential for home security. It would help if you asked for picture identification before opening the front door to receive a delivery. This applies to everyone you don’t know. Never believe someone is “legitimate” merely because they are in a corporate uniform or are using a company vehicle (these things can be stolen). Offer to make the call if someone knocks on your door and requests to use the phone, but don’t allow them in. Call 911 without opening the door if someone seems to be hurt. Lock the door as you go to make the call; you don’t want to leave it unsecured and unattended. A chain on the door ensures that nobody can barge in while you are home.
- Keep your windows and doors secured even if you are at home.
- Encourage your kids to adopt this behavior. When you leave home, it’s much too simple to neglect an open window, giving criminals a quick entrance.
- Never presume that a window on the second floor is out of a burglar’s grasp.
They have a talent for opening doors.
Be unpredictable: If you consistently leave and return home at the exact times each day, burglars might quickly learn your schedule and take advantage of your absence. If you usually go to a class or the grocery store simultaneously, strive to be less predictable. Work is work, and you probably can’t modify those hours. To give the impression that someone is home even when they are not, you may want to think about installing automated timers for your lights and devices.
Things of value shouldn’t be displayed: If someone can peek through your window and see your wallet, credit cards, pocketbook, jewelry, or expensive devices in plain sight, they will be tempted. I know you want to show off your hard-earned plasma TV. A computer or television may be an easy target if positioned in front of a ground-floor window. Electronics placed across from a window is also plainly visible. Similarly, keep your garage doors closed so no one may see the fantastic items you have in storage. Lightweight objects might be swiftly and readily taken.
Take care with your garbage: Just purchased a new entertainment system? There’s no need to broadcast it to the whole globe. Empty boxes stacked up on the curb are a clear invitation to trespassers. Reduce the size of the parcels and place them in garbage bags instead of leaving them in the open. Consider identity theft as well. Never dispose of personal identity documents in the garbage before shredding them.
Be alert: Make an effort to always be aware of your surroundings, especially in your area. This doesn’t entail stalking the streets like a crazy paranoid person; develop the routine of keeping an eye out for odd behavior.
Simple details may help you and your family become less of a target. Although home security systems and burglar alarms are excellent investments, the best way to be safe is to use common sense prevention.