With so many choices for thieves to see what we’re doing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the old standard of casing a neighborhood we’ve got to do better at keeping our homes safe and secure. We’ve done the research for you and brought together these 5 top tips on keeping your home safe and secure.
Home Security Tip #5: Keep the Lights On
Here is some advice from those healthy smart folks at WebMD in an article titled simply, Protecting Your Home from Break-Ins. This article has many pages and lots of details but the best bit of advice we found was simple, illumination. That’s right, light.
Keep the exterior of your home well lit with accent lighting or simple flood lights aimed at points of entry.”
Lights with motion sensors are a good component of your exterior lighting but they go on, then off. Adding some accent lighting that stays on every night through the night beautifies your home creating the same look every night making it hard to prowl around your home un-noticed by you or neighbors.
Home Security Tip #4: The Other Mail
Those all around handy folks at theFamilyHandyMan.com bring us some advice on keeping our home safe with some do it yourself ideas from their section titled, Safe Home Security Tips. Here you’ll find a number of solid ideas to consider in keeping your home safe but likely the best one is, protect your mail. That’s right the old snail mail.
Stealing mail is still the easiest trick in the book. Keep your mail safe with a secure mail box.”
Be sure you pick up your mail timely each day and never leave it overnight. A thief can learn a lot about you and even score a check, credit card #, or bank account details just by lifting your mail. A security mailbox with a slit for mail is a good consideration.
Home Security Tip #3: Don’t Advertise Your Vacation
A vacation is supposed to be relaxing, care free, and no worries about being back home. You’ll still have to remember to turn the iron off but before you leave but be sure to check out these vacation home safety tips from Realtor.com. In this article, Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe While You’re Away, realtor.com provides a number of suggestions for not being a statistic when burglaries rise in those vacation months late spring and summer.
Take a look from the road or back yard, can you see any valuables worth breaking in for?”
This can be as simple as closing some blinds where your computer sits or placing electronics on the floor out of site. This view from the road also applies to newspaper and mail – have a neighbor pick it up each day or suspend service until you return. There’s no better sign for a thief to pay a visit then an overflowing mail box.
Home Security Tip #2: Keep Them Guessing on Facebook.
It may seem basic but do not post when you’re leaving (and returning), that you need a ride to the airport, or publicly you need someone to house sit. Get these and a few other ideas for keeping your home safe from HowStuffWorks.com in this article, Top Home Security Tips.
Websites exist to prowl social media for those unsuspecting to notify thieves of your not being home.”
This advice includes all forms of online public forums. Post pictures of your trip when you’re back home, limit who you friend or allow to see what you’re doing on social media, and hesitate when checking in a thousand miles from home saying, “the whole family is here.”
Home Security Tip #1: Someone’s Home?
A majority of break ins occur between the hours of 10:00AM to 5:00PM by the least of professionals. It’s often a substance abuser looking for a quick hit of pawn worthy items. If they see different cars at different times at your home, meaning no pattern they can plan a burglary around, they’re less likely to choose your home as a target.
If they’re not sure when someone’s home or could get home, they’ll move to another target.”
This neighborly activity doesn’t invade each other’s homes and could even be the start of keeping an eye out for one another. Your neighbor is sure to appreciate the comfort of their home being watched when they’re gone away, and so will you.
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