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Published On: Thu, Jun 1st, 2017

Keeping your home secure and your family safe

Knowing that your home is safe and secure is what everyone wants. Having someone break into your home is a deeply upsetting experience that no-one wants to go through, and can cause a lifetime of trauma. Many thieves and burglars are opportunists who will look for a clear opportunity to commit their crimes. For this reason, it is important that we do everything we can to eliminate those opportunities.

A Burglar Alarm

One of the most common equipment installations people think about when they look to secure their home is a burglar alarm. About 1.8 million of them are installed in the United States every year, and they are becoming more sophisticated as time goes on.

They can be expensive to install, and there is usually a monthly monitoring fee, but it is paying for the peace of mind that someone is looking out for you.

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Security Lighting

Because most burglars are opportunists, they will look for homes that have lots of dark areas around the garden. This will give them cover so that they can enter and exit unseen. If you want to prevent this, then the best option is to install security lighting around your garden.

There are many types of LED floodlight that can be easily installed, and will illuminate those dark areas of your garden. You can have them permanently on, or they can be fitted with motion detectors that will turn the light on if it detects movement.  

You do not have to limit the security lights to outside the house; you can have timed lights that come on inside as well. It gives the illusion of people being inside the property when you are not at home.

Keys

You might have spent much money on secure locks for your doors, but you then leave a spare set in the garage or under a brick in case you get locked out. Intruders will be aware of the places people hide keys, so the solution is not to do it. You can always leave a set with a neighbor you trust or local family. That way your house stays secure when you are not there.

Don’t be tempted to give babysitters or other people more than one key to your home. If they were to lose them, then someone would have access to your home; even at night when you use additional locks.

Good Neighbours

Having a good relationship with your neighbors is an excellent way to help protect both your homes. If you are going to be away for a while, ask them to look out for packages or newspapers that might be laying on the doorstep. This can be a good signal to a burglar that the house is unoccupied.

Also, it will mean they are more likely to call someone if they see suspicious activity at your home. This type of community awareness is a good deterrent for thieves and creates a feeling of protection.

With these simple tasks, you can help to prevent crime in your neighborhood, and keep your community safe from burglars and thieves.

Author: Carol Trehearn

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