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Monday, August 10, 2015

6 Tips for Better Home Safety

Millions of homeowners are burglarized each year. If you don't want to be one of them, here are just six tips for outsmarting thieves and ensuring the safety of what you love the most.

1. Hide Your Keypad


It's good to flaunt the existence of your home security system; this will make thieves think twice before striking your property. Make sure your keypad isn't visible from any doors or windows, however. This will allow thieves to look for the green light that signifies whether or not the alarm is activated.

2. Brighten Your Yard

Don't let anyone sneak up on you. While the best way to protect yourself is to install flood lights around your property that are triggered by sound and motion, even a few torches or walkway lights are better than nothing. They'll help eliminate dark patches where thieves can lurk.
3. Hide Your Valuables Intelligently
If you like to keep a stack of cash on hand for emergencies, make sure you aren't storing it in your sock drawer or in cans under the sink. Thieves have known about these hiding spots for a long time. A better place would be the top of your child's closet. What thief will scour a child's bedroom for valuables?

4. Get Yourself Protected

Join the neighborhood watch. Ask your friends to periodically drive by your house while you're on vacation. Talk to an alarm monitoring company about the watchdog services they offer. When it comes to burglaries, your best defense is a good offense.

5. Have a Remotely Activated Car Alarm

This can be genuinely life-saving if you ever hear someone breaking into your home in the middle of the night. Simply reach into your nightstand and activate your car alarm, and the thief will be so startled and frightened that they'll flee into the night rather than continuing the burglary.

6. Upgrade Your Locks

It may sound like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised by how many homeowners never bother to upgrade their locks from standard doorknob locks. If you're serious about protecting yourself, your family and your valuables, look into deadbolts or chain locks.

These are just a few tips for increased home security. Thieves are getting craftier by the year, so it's important to take measures against them if you want to secure the safety of both your belongings and your loved ones.

19 comments:

  1. These are all great tips. In our neighborhood, my neighbors all watch out for each other and will (and have before) come running out with shotguns if they see something not right.

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  2. These are excellent tips. Bright lighting is always a big plus. Burglars don't want to be seen!

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  3. These are great tips. I have actually used my remote car alarm to chase away a bear that was casing out our bird feeders!

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  4. I make sure that I don't have large bushes/trees in the landscaping next to the house for thieves to hide behind. I keep everything trimmed back, too. I like the tip about making sure the keypad can't be seen from a window or door. I've never thought of that one.

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  5. These are such great tips! We just moved into a new home and are having a security system installed as I type this. I'm a strong believer that you can never take too many steps to be safe.

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  6. Such great tips! We are moving as we have a terrible neighbourhood. No one cares, or helps watches. Our new one is much better. - Jeanine

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  7. Add a BIG DOG to that list! I have always owned big breeds like Rottweilers or German Shepard Dogs just make sure to get them trained.

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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  8. These are really good tips to protect your home. We always leave our porch light on and have a dog that barks if anyone gets near the house.

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  9. great tips.. it happened to us 3 years ago, we lost all our electronic devices. 2 laptops, 3 cameras, 2 iPads

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  10. Unfortunately your list is spot on. Some of these seem like no brainers, but common sense isn't too common nowadys. ; ) BB2U

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  11. Great tips! Upgrading locks and installing flood lights are a good idea. Maybe we can use cctv cameras too, specially if we have a big yard.

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  12. These are great ways to keep your home and yourself protected. I didn't know people keep they money under the sink in a can. It is so important to make sure nothing is in plain sight. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Great tips, I like the idea of hiding valuables in the kids closet. You are right, they aren't going to think to go there. Especially because I have a toddler.

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  14. Great tips! We definitely need to brighten up our yard more. We use to have lights around the house, but not anymore. I'll have to get some more and put them out.

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  15. We've had our home broken in to before. The one night we put the dogs to bed early and left for a movie was the one night it happened. So, the dogs were in cages and harmless. It was a weird feeling knowing someone went through your stuff.

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  16. I think keeping your car keys beside the bed is a fantastic idea. I am going to share these great tips with all my friends.

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  17. We just updated our locks and added a new security system . These are good ideas!

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  18. These are definitely some important things to consider when making sure your home is safe. Thanks so much for the reminders!

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  19. We recently replaced our outdoor lighting and it made a huge difference. My husband said even the raccoons are afraid to come onto our property!

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