Apr 19, 2011

Protect Your Home from Intruders

You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your family and property. Knowing the basics of home security can add to your peace of mind.
  • Immediately replace locks that don’t work properly. A faulty lock is both a security and safety hazard.
  • When you leave your home for a long period, be sure to create the illusion that someone is home. You can put your lights on timers, leave a television on, or have a friend or family member stay at your home while you are away.
  • Check the person at the other side of the door before opening the door. Install a peephole in your front door in case you don't have one.
  • Don't leave extra keys or garage door openers in conspicuous places such as under doormats, in mailboxes, or on top of the door frame. You can leave the extra key with a close friend, or trusted neighbor instead.
  • Keep garage doors and window shut at all times if you are away.
  • Install drapes or blinds that you can use to keep items inside your home from being conspicuous. Expensive items or appliances seen by passersby are a temptation that most thieves can’t resist.
  • Do not let anybody know that you are keeping cash or expensive jewelry inside your home. Secrets spread around fast, and thieves always pay attention to this type of information.
  • Leaving a note on the door when you are away from home is a clear signal that no one is home.
  • Uncollected mail, newspapers, and any deliveries is a clear indicator that no one is home. Ask a neighbor or family member to collect these items when you are away for extended periods.

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