How To Secure Your Home Better
Taking Simple Steps to Secure Your Home
Securing your home for you and your family is an important element to safety no matter where you live. By adding a few simply changes, you can beef of your home’s security without spending too much money.
If you are interested in adding more security features to your home there are a few things you can do:
Landscaping – by keeping your yard clean, tidy, and well cared for, you do a few important things at the same time: You display that the people that live at your home has a sense of pride and dignity. It means that people “who care” live in the home – and in the neighborhood. This alone can deter a would-be burglar by giving the impression that the home is occupied and cared for. Keeping the shrubs and bushes trimmed will also reduce places where a would-be burglar would want to hide. While this is important in the front yard, it is also important around the sides of the house, backyard, and garage.
Lighting – Having a well-lit property is critical. While having a porch light is good, you may want to invest in a some outdoor back patio lights or flood lights. If you home is not wired for lights outside, you can easily install battery powered light or a solar powered light. By installing several motion sensor lights in dark places – you will provide a functional safety addition to your home.
Fences – If you have fences then consider keeping them well maintained and free from debris – such as old tires, junk, etc. Don’t provide places to hide. Additionally keep shrubs and plants near your fences trimmed.
Fences can provide a welcome physical partition or barrier between your home and your alley or street. If you have a fence, consider taking the time to paint it or repair any damage to it. A well-cared for fence will not only save you a lot of money down the road
Shrubs - While shrubs should be trimmed and kept well maintained. Certain shrubs can provide a natural barrier for people simply walking across your lawn or property. In addition some shrubs may also have thorny leaves that may able be used to deter people from simply walking through. Remember, keeping shrubs well maintained and trimmed can be helpful. In addition, large shrubs can create “dark spots” in your yard – so consider lighting those areas with solar ground lights or other lighting options.
Being Present – Spending time out in your yard or garden you will be able to portray an aura of presence. You will be able to recognize your neighbors, patterns of car and foot traffic in your community, familiar cars, and delivery people. Being outside and working on your yard, you will be able to deter would be burglars and those wanting to stake out your neighborhood.
Locks – Installing new or additional locks may be useful, especially if you have had roommates in the recent past. In addition, securing your door jam – either by adding new framing or securing the screws may be needed.
Alarms – Having an alarm and alarm service installed can be an effective. However, they can be expensive. And without doing the most basic preventative measures – such as maintaining your property, installing lighting, etc., - it can be a little too late. Certainly, having an alarm is very beneficial but there are things you can do to make sure that you never have to use it.
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