Just because the snow has left us & the sun is shining doesn’t mean we can let our guards down when it comes to home security. This is a great time as you head outside to visit with the neighbors to check off your Spring home security list because, well, you’re worth it.
It’s not under the front door mat is it? It’ll be getting warmer and simply leaving a key as a precaution outside seems like a good idea. Here’s some ideas on how to manage your spare keys with home security in mind:
- Never print your address on the keys or keychain
- Leave a house key in your wallet or in your purse tucked away.
- Agree with a neighbor to leave each others’ keys under the rock in the mulch.
If you just leave a key hidden outside don’t make it a habit to use it often and don’t leave it under the door mat because that’s just an open invitation for anyone to, c’mon in. Otherwise here’s an article with ideas on hiding your spare key in plain site.
Eliminate Winter Fire Hazards
You packed stuff away in the basement or in every nook and cranny of your home. Now’s the time to clear out that space around water heaters, the furnace, stoves, and any other heating devices. A majority of fires that start are accidents that can be entirely avoided. After you do this consider a fire & smoke monitored protection system for those accidents you didn’t see coming.
Walk the Perimeter
Go ahead, take a walk around your house at night and during the day as if you were a burglar. What do you see? What looks good to steal?> How will you get in? This thinking can help you secure your home better than you might expect.
Light the Darkness
Make sure paths and spaces around the house are well lit. Placing those lights on timers or on motion detectors is a good step to deterring thieves from poking around to see what they can see. Head over to a local hardware store and ask for lighting suggestions and the latest in LED bulbs which should last for many years and save $s on electric costs.
Garage Door Awareness
The mower goes in, it goes out. Hedge trimmers, chainsaws, power drills, ball bats, and golf clubs make for easy $s for walk by thieves. Try to get in the habit of closing your garage when you’tre not in it. To make life easier a simple access pad will allow you to get in without worrying about a key and give your personal belongings the security they deserve,
Early spring is often the best time to remove dead shrubs and trees, and plant new ones. Clear away debris and branches, and make sure there are no overgrown areas to provide hidden access for burglars.
For that big tree that’s blocking the view of your front windows from the road a good idea might be to call a local arborist to get their opinion. Thieves don’t like to be seen breaking in and if yo’re windows and doors are visible from the road they’re less likely to visit.
Home Security System
You’ve done all you can do and the next step to a secure home is a home security system. It’s no longer just a luxury but an affordable component of keeping your family and valuables secure. Often for as little as $99 you can have a home security system up and running with monthly monitoring. Look at this example of an affordable ADT security system here .for the details
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