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Published On: Tue, Feb 9th, 2016

5 Home Security Tips You Can’t Ignore

Keeping your home safe isn’t as complicated as you might think. With five simple home security tips, you can make your home less of a target and stay safe from intruders.

1) Advertise Your Alarm

One of the main reasons to get an alarm system is to deter burglars. You can’t deter potential intruders unless you advertise your alarm system. Did you think that those stickers and sign that came with your alarm system were only given to you so you could advertise for the alarm company? They’re actually for your own benefit. Make use of them, and put them in places where people can notice them. It’s bound to make a thief think twice about attempting a break-in.

If you’re on a budget and don’t have an alarm system, there’s no harm in pretending. You can still place a fake security sign in your lawn for a very low cost. This will make burglars believe you actually have an alarm system. Even a “Beware of Dog” sign might be enough to send would-be intruders home empty-handed.

2) The Right Light

Photographers will tell you that the right lighting makes all the difference in photos. This is true in home security too. Having good lighting can be a major deterrent for burglars.

You should have a light next to the front door, and should use it. It’s much easier for intruders to sneak into a house with a dark front yard. If you have a long driveway, placing lighting at the entrance of the driveway is another good choice.

No matter where you have your lights, putting them on a timer system can keep your home safe. This will make it much more difficult for thieves to be able to determine when you’re home or away. It’s also one less thing for you to remember. Instead of lying in bed and wondering if you turned the outdoor light on, you can have it preset daily.

Using any type of motion sensor light works wonders for your home security. When motion is detected and the light turns on, an intruder may flee for fear of being seen. It also can alert you to activity going on, before anyone can break in. If you really want to take these lighting and motion detection measures to the next level check out KUNA. They look like regular porch lights but have motion detection and a security camera already built in according to ASecureCam.com reporting from CES 2016.

A stereotypical caricature of a villain photo/wikimedia

A stereotypical caricature of a villain photo/wikimedia

3) Hide Your Keys

You may be the type of person who constantly forgets his keys, but don’t use that as an excuse to hide your keys under the door mat. Hiding your key in obvious places is…obvious. Avoid keeping your key above the door, under the planter and under the welcome mat. In fact, avoid keeping a spare key anywhere in your yard. If losing your keys is a major concern, find a very trustworthy neighbor and give him a copy of your key. Don’t do all the work for a burglar and give him the key.

4) Protect Entry Points

Intruders generally look for the easiest way into a house. For this reason, you should protect all of the possible points of entry. In addition to keeping all doors and windows locked, you should also use a deadbolt on your doors. If you have any sliding doors or sliding windows, you should use a metal rod to keep them in place. Don’t allow windows to be a way for someone to enter your home; keep any trees near windows pruned so that the window can’t be reached if someone were to climb the tree.

5) Don’t Advertise You’re Leaving or are Gone!

When most people go on vacation, they leave a trail that tips burglars off to their absence.

Facebook and other social network posts discussing an upcoming or occuring vacation are  major give-aways. As much as you might want to brag about your beach getaway, it’s best to save the gloating for after your return.

Other tip-offs include mail overflowing in your mailbox and newspapers littering your driveway. Before you go away on vacation, ask a neighbor or a friend to collect your mail and any newspapers in the driveway.

These five tips can make your home a safer place. Don’t stay up at night worrying about a break-in when a few simple tips can greatly improve the security of your home.

Author: Vanessa Stanley

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