Whether you are heading out on vacation, working long hours or attending parties, the security of your home and possessions is always in the back of your mind. Perhaps you are moving into a new home or just want to ensure better security for your current home; here are some tips for keeping your home burglar free.
Let your neighbours know if you are leaving on vacation or spending extended periods of time during the day away from your home and ask if they can watch your place. If you need to leave a spare key for your home, do not hide it; give it to your trusted neighbour. They could even pop by occasionally and switch on or off your lights or change around what is on the kitchen counter. Wannabe burglars notice differences. This is quite easily the cheapest form of security for your home.
Before you leave your house whether it is five minutes or 3 weeks, check all windows and doors. This may seem like an obvious step, but have you double-checked to make sure they are all locked? If you want extra security consider installing shatterproof windows during your next renovation or installing pick/drill proof locks on your doors. It is also suggested that you should keep windows and doors locked even while at home. Some burglars are not shy.
Why not prevent a burglar from even entering your yard? Cut or thin your hedges so there is a view to the main road from your house. Also don’t leave ladders outside or allow branches to grow too close to windows. This can easily allow a burglar to enter into your second story. Install motion sensor lights; it seems simple, but it can startle a prowler and alert neighbours.
If you are going on vacation make sure you have someone come to pick up your mail and newspapers. Better yet, call the post office and newspaper companies and cancel delivery to your home until your return.
An easy and affordable security step for inside your home is to purchase a few timers to plug lamps into. Have them set for times that you would normally have lights on in the house to make it seem like someone is living in it. Try plugging a radio into one of these timers as well. It is said that “light, time, and noise” are your greatest deterrents.
Just bought a big screen TV or received a new stereo system for Christmas? Think twice before leaving those boxes in plain view or putting them on the road to have a company pick them up. This is simply advertising that you have new and expensive items in your home.
Take some time to write down and photograph all valuables (furniture, jewellery and electronics) and keep a record of this in the chance of a break in and you need to provide a list of missing items to the police and insurance company.
I hope you have found some of these tips to be useful in protecting your home. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and may 2014 bring you good luck and happiness.