It’s natural to feel safe in your own home. You take your shoes off and let your guard down. You relax. However, a home invasion can shatter your sense of safety and security. Fortunately, there are measures that you can take to minimize the risk of a home invasion. Following the 10 simple security precautions listed below can help preserve your home as a safe refuge.
- Never leave your doors unlocked. Even if you plan to be out for only a few minutes, take the time to close all your windows and secure them – and lock your doors.
- Change the locks when you move into a new house or apartment. You don’t who else still has keys to your place. If you’re renting, provide the landlord with a set of keys.
- Install timers on lights in various locations around your home, as well as on the TV or your stereo. Set the timers to go on and off in staggered increments, not all at once.
- Replace swing-latch locks with deadbolt locks. A key-in/key-out deadbolt is preferable to a deadbolt that only requires a key for entry from the outside.
- Check out references for individual housekeepers. If you hire a cleaning person from a housekeeping firm, check out the firm with the Better Business Bureau.
- Notes left on your door are open invitations for burglars. If you need to get word to a family member, send a text message. Call service firms by phone or send an email.
- The slogan “if you see something, say something” represents good advice. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity and don’t hesitate to call the police if something seems fishy.
- If someone comes to your door asking to use the phone or claiming to be injured, offer to call the police or paramedics yourself. Keep your door locked while you make the call.
- Don’t leave spare keys where burglars commonly look, such as under the doormat. Instead, place the keys in a sealed container and bury them in a spot you’ll remember.
- Install infrared lights to illuminate dark entrances to deter burglars. Motion detectors programmed to work with the lighting system provide added protection.
For more tips on how to ensure safety in your home, give us a call. We have a range of security options available, including a solution that’s just right for you.