How to Keep Your Home Safe
Your house is your castle so it is important that you always make it safe for your family. Whether or not your neighborhood is generally considered safe, it is often best to help protect your home from burglaries or any intruder.
Unlawful entry is a serious problem wherever country you may be living at the moment. And when the intent is not just to rob but to cause harm, then all the more that you should take your home security ever more seriously.
There are a number of ways that you can do to safeguard the safety of your home and your family. Here are just some of the best ways to do it.
1. Install automatic lights.
To give the illusion that there’s somebody home even though you’re actually away, have some automatic lights installed. These lights use timers that you can set on a specific time of the day, let’s say a few minutes after it gets dark. These will turn themselves on and light up portions of your house, keeping any would-be burglars at bay.
2. Install HD security cameras.
Just by the sight of security cameras can actually deter burglars from trying to get into your house. When buying home security cameras, choose models that can record 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with high resolution so you can get clearer images should you need to review the videos.
There are some camera models that will allow you to view the footages through your mobile phone, giving you the ability to check on your house anytime and anywhere you prefer.
3. Ask your neighbor to look after your house.
Your neighbor doesn’t need to be actually inside the house. He or she can just take a look at the perimeters of your home every now and then just to check if there’s anything suspicious. And don’t forget to leave your contact number in case your neighbor needs to contact you immediately.
You may also ask your friend to retrieve any flyers, brochures or mail that might be left stuck between your door or just lying around. This is because it can indicate that you’ve been away from your house for quite some time. The same goes with your trash. Ask your neighbor to take care of it while you’re away.
4. Take care of your landscaping.
Trim away too much shrubbery or tall grasses as these can become good hiding places for burglars. Don’t let vines or any large plants to grow uncontrollably by your window as these can also be used by intruders to gain access inside your house.
Also, don’t forget to regularly mow your lawn as people might think that nobody’s home if the grass is too high.
5. Always check your doors and windows before going to bed.
Sometimes a burglar can gain easy access because of a window or door that has been left unlocked. Therefore make it a habit to go around your house to make sure that all your doors and windows have been properly closed or locked.
6. Don’t update your social media accounts on where you’re going.
Don’t announce on your Facebook, Twitter or any other social media account that you are going on a vacation. You may never know who’s reading your posts and should they find out that nobody will be home for a few days, they might think of taking advantage of that opportunity. So wait until you’ve arrived from your vacation before you tell the world where you’ve been.
7. Install an alarm.
There are many types of burglar alarms in the market and these come in varying prices. The cheaper ones will just send out an audible alarm. it should be loud enough to wake you up or at least alert your neighbors. The more expensive ones will alert a monitoring station which in turn will inform the police about the intrusion. Whichever type you choose, it is always a good idea to have one installed at your house.
Be vigilant and keep safe.
Keeping your home and family safe is a round the clock task. Never let your guard down and always think that prevention is key. And aside from the safety precautions, ensure that all of your family members are informed on how to stay safe whether inside or outside the house.