As many of us would testify, our home is our safe place, away from all of the dangers of the outside world. Or so we would like to think so, but is this necessarily true? Each year, thousands of people are the victims of home break-ins, and this can bring a real threat to you and your family. It is something that we all worry about, and we try our best to ensure that it never happens, but some people are just a little bit too relaxed about home security, and it could be leaving you at risk. We’ve put together five simple tips, to keep you and your family safe at home.
1. Lock the doors and windows
It seems like a no-brainer, but there are plenty of people out there who go to sleep at night, or sit in their homes, with their doors and windows unlocked. This makes it a lot easier for somebody to just stroll into your home, and the figures are quite shocking when it comes to those who don’t lock up their properties. In fact, 7% of Americans leave their doors unlocked, and some of them even do so when they are not home. This is pretty much step one when it comes to ensuring your home safety, so don’t forget to keep everything locked up, especially at night.
2. Don’t leave lights on a timer when you’re out
People who are looking to break into your home probably know what they’re doing, and the likelihood is that they have done it before. A lot of us think that it is better to put a light on, on a timer, when we’re not home, so that it looks like somebody is in. However, this could be the worst thing to do, because if somebody has been keeping an eye on your house, they will know that your light comes on at exactly 7pm each day, for a few hours. This is a great way to scream, ‘hey, I’m not in!’ so try to avoid doing this if you can.
3. Get a home security system
If somebody sees that your home has an alarm installed, they are a lot less likely to even consider breaking in. On top of this, if somebody does come into your home, you and your whole family are likely to wake up, and so are the rest of the street. It just makes sense to look into alarm installations, to protect your home whether you are actually in there, or you’re away on vacation. You can decide which rooms you want to set it up for, so you could set it downstairs or for particular areas. Either way, look into this.
4. Speak to your neighbors
In the modern age, and especially in big towns and cities, people are unlikely to actually form relationships with their neighbors. However, going to introduce yourself to them could help you to protect your home, as they will know who you are, who comes and goes, and whether anything out of the ordinary is occuring. They can report this directly to you, or to the police if something more serious happens, so make an effort to get to know your neighbors. They will appreciate this, as you can keep an eye on their homes, too.
5. Don’t leave your valuables on show
OK, there are some things that people from the street will see, like your television, but you can also make a conscious effort to hide some of your valuable belongings from the view of those who may be thinking about breaking into your property. The best thing to do with your valuables (and any sentimental items) is to lock them away in a safe, particularly if you are going to be away from your home for some time. It isn’t so bad if they take your DVD player, but a family heirloom being stolen could really affect you, so be cautious.
So, if you want to ensure that you are safe in your home, try out some of these tips, and they could help you. Of course, you never want to think that a break-in could affect you, but you just don’t know if it will happen, so it is better to be safe than sorry! Keep your doors locked, don’t leave lights on a timer, get an alarm installed, and speak to your neighbors. Lastly, don’t leave your valuables out in the open. This way, you won’t be as at risk, so try these things out!