In the modern digital age when hacking and identity theft are more common than ever, it can be easy to overlook something that seems as simple as home security. You’d think criminals have given up burglary for more indirect and lucrative alternatives, but that’s just not true.
In 2015, there were more than 1.5 million burglaries in the US alone, which is why it’s so important for you to ensure that your home is safe and secure. When you decide to start investing in the protection of your household consider these five key tips:
Invest in an alarm system.
Consider the facts: approximately 1.8 million home security systems are installed every year because homes without one are up to three times more likely to be broken into. Getting one for yourself is a rather straightforward process; with so many options available, pricing is flexible –anywhere from $100 – $1,200 — and features can be chosen to fit your home’s particular needs.
Keep your home and its contents private.
It may sound simple, but a big part of theft deterrence comes down to plain old window coverings. Curtains, blinds, shades, anything will do – it’s an incredibly efficient way to stop potential burglars from figuring out what your valuables are and where they’re located inside the house.
Equip your home with Smart Lighting
Scare potential robbers away by installing motion detecting lights around the outside of your home. By strategically placing automatic lights near points of entry, any attempt to break in will be illuminated for you and your neighborhood to see.
Smart lighting in the interior is a good idea as well. With control from your smartphone or tablet, you can manually (or schedule) your lights to turn on while you’re away, confusing criminals who would otherwise know you weren’t at home.
Don’t forget about your neighbors!
As always, the least expensive and (often) most efficient way to stop a burglary is to know your neighbors. With a few sets of eyes on your side around your neighborhood, you can rest easy knowing they’ll call you and the police if they see anything fishy.
Address safety hazards
As important as it is to secure your home against intruders, you also have to make sure it’s safe for your family, pets, and others. That means identifying and addressing any potential safety hazards.
One type of risk that you may not have thought of is the window well – they’re easy to forget about, and more dangerous than you may think. Animals and children can easily fall to them, get trapped, and worse, causing harm to themselves and often the window as well. Be sure to invest in custom fit, locking window well covers to ensure that your little ones, and any curious critters, are kept safe.
Don’t forget about fire protection.
It has become incredibly common for homeowners today to deactivate their fire alarms while they’re cooking, or even just in the hot weather. Having the fire alarm go off at the wrong time (when there’s no actual fire) can be frustrating, to say the least.
Unfortunately, so many of us often forget to reactivate it after we’re done the cooking, or when the weather cools down again – in fact, 3,000 people die in residential fires every year. That’s why it’s so important to keep your fire alarm activated, and test it on a monthly basis to ensure it’s still doing its job.
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