Protecting your home and family is our number 1 goal. With today’s increasing violence and home break-ins it is essential that we take steps towards securing our home and making it safe. This article gives you several tips and ideas as to how you can protect your home and family in a simple and affordable way. Here are 8 helpful tips to educate you on this important subject.
1. Update all locks – This investment is well worth the cost as modern lock devices can help prevent break-ins. They can also prevent unauthorized entry by people having old keys. Add extra deadbolts to doors if you don’t have them. Talk to a locksmith or security expert on choosing the right locks.
2. Be aware of “bump keys” and talk to a locksmith about locks and extra security devices – Bump keys are being used by burglars to enter houses at an increasing rate. A bump key is a method of “bumping” or “picking” the lock by using a modified key to unlock the deadbolt mechanism. Entry can be gained in seconds and there is no visible sign of break-in. Talk to a locksmith and add new locks and safety devices to prevent this type of break-in. A few extra security steps will help with this issue.
3. Install Security Lights – A few lights placed in strategic areas makes a huge difference in visibility. Motion sensor lights can be very helpful also. Make sure doorways are always well lite.
4. Make your doorways visible to you and your neighbors. Trim your vegetation to make it open so that there is adequate visibility. This will help reduce would be break-ins or unauthorized entry. Windows should also be visible whenever possible.
5. Install Extra Security Devices – Simple and affordable devices are available that give you extra security on your doors and windows. Talk to an expert on the various options. Do some research on the subject. There are several affordable ways to help you make your home more safe.
6. Look like your home – Use timers for a few lights even when you are home. Add timers to radios or tvs when you are not home. Have neighbors look in on your home or be aware that you are gone. Always stop papers and mail if you are gone for long periods of time or get a neighbor to help. Activity helps prevent break-ins.
7. Keep Doors & Windows Secure – Open windows and doors are an invitation for break-ins and unauthorized entry. A locked door or window is your first line of defense and will prevent any quick and quiet entry.
8. Research Other Safety Measures – The internet is full of articles, websites and videos that educate you on home and family safety. Educate yourself and your family.