Knowing that your home is secure brings peace of mind for you and your family. Making sure you’re your home is safe can seem like a fairly daunting task, but it isn’t just about investing in a bolt for your front door and a large guard dog or two. There are a lot of little things that you can do to secure your home that will help provide that peace of mind.
Invest in a home alarm system
Bolting your front door isn’t a bad idea when you are home for the night, but a home alarm system will provide you security when you are there and even when you aren’t. Many people think that they cannot afford one but they have been becoming increasingly affordable. An added bonus of adding a home security system is that some companies even offer protection from carbon monoxide and fires. The benefits of home security systems have prompted many insurance companies to lower home insurance premiums to those who have a security system installed.
Make your home seem occupied
Homes are more likely to become targets if it appears as though no one is home. Small efforts can make it appear as though your home is occupied on a regular basis even if it isn’t. Leave a lamp or the television on during the day. If you go out of town, make arrangements for your mail to be picked up. Mail piled up in front of a house is a major indicator that no one has been home for a while.
Always lock the doors and windows
Keep your doors and windows locked, especially when you are away from home. This includes using the deadbolt on your front door because they are much more difficult to break through than the ones on a door knob. An unlocked door or window is like an invitation for an unwanted person to enter. A locksmith can advise you on the best locks for your home.
Install smart lighting outside
Smart lighting will not only make it more difficult for potential burglars to remain unseen but they also will make it safer for you when you approach your home at night. Not to mention a light will make it easier for you to unlock your door upon your return. If you are unable to install smart lighting, make sure you leave your porch lights on when you expect to return home after dark.
Meet your neighbors
There are so many people wouldn’t be able to recognize their neighbors in a grocery store, let alone tell you their name. This is such a shame because knowing your neighbors is such a huge part of home security. Your neighbors are the ones who are going to be more likely to know your schedule and will be more aware if something is out of place. There doesn’t even have to be a neighborhood watch but you and your neighbors can work together to make sure your neighborhood is a safe and secure place to live.
Author Bio: Naomi Broderick is a professional writer who’s secure in her abilities and even more confident in her parenting. When she’s not juggling her three children in the front yard she writes for ProtectYourHome.com, a leader in home security.