A lot of homeowners are security minded when they move into a new house. After they’ve been there for a while however, the steps they take to ensure their home’s security begin to slip. Here are a few ideas to get yourself back in the home security groove.
1. Realize that most burglaries are done by amateurs, not professionals.
The most important thing you can do to prevent burglaries is to lock your doors and windows before you leave your home. Even if you are only planning to be gone for a short period of time, locking up can prevent a burglar from simply walking through your front door or pushing in a screen and hopping through a window. Data shows that most burglars obtain access to their targeted homes in these ways.
2. Change the locks on your home if you lose your keys.
It’s always a good idea to change your home’s locks periodically. It is an especially good idea to do so when someone misplaces a key to your house and cannot locate it. Apart from walking in an unlocked home, the second easiest way for a burglar to gain entry to your house is to use a key. Although changing the locks on your house is pricier than running up to a hardware store and making another copy of the key you lost, being robbed can potentially cost you a lot more.
3. If your home’s alarm is unreliable, replace that as well.
We all know the story about the boy who called wolf. If you have an alarm system that goes off all the time, anyone who hears it during an actual robbery isn’t going to pay it any attention. Have your home security company come out and repair or replace it to ensure its reliability. If you think your alarm system is working well, like the smoke and carbon dioxide detectors in your home, make sure you test it periodically too.
4. Keep your landscaping under control.
While trees and shrubbery can improve the look of any property, know that burglars often target homes with overgrown brush. Any tree that provides coverage for a burglar attempting to enter your home through a window should be cut down or trimmed.
5. Get a dog.
While dogs aren’t for everybody, they are for every home. If a burglar knows you own a dog, the odds of them targeting your house fall significantly. While it’s true that the bigger the dog, the less appealing your home looks to a burglar, even a small dog will do. In order to be successful, burglars need to draw as little attention to themselves as possible. A small dog with an obnoxious yapping bark can be just what you need to send a robber running.
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