How do you know if your home is safe and secure? Just because you lock your front and back doors and put the latch on all of your windows doesn’t mean an intruder couldn’t get into your house.
But you might say “Yeah, but I live in a good neighborhood and there hasn’t been a robbery as long as I can remember. I even walk the dog at night without a flashlight because of the overhead lights on my street”.
Well we haven’t put a man on the moon in a long time but that doesn’t mean that it won’t happen in the future so be careful what you say. There are some very bad people out there who are looking for people who feel just like you.
Most professional burglars target and watch a neighborhood for a few days to see if there are any easy pickings. They look for certain signs that indicate a homeowner is lax with security or is away for a while.
Let’s see if your home is secure by a few simple questions.
· Do you truly lock ALL of your doors and windows at night?
· Do you lock your garage door as well as the door leading into your house?
· Are there any toys, bikes or wagons laying in your yard?
· Are there any trees or large bushes covering some of your windows or even doors?
· Are there a few unopened newspapers in the driveway?
· Has your mail been picked up daily?
· Is there more than one inside light on in the house, especially around 8-9 o’clock when everyone is moving around?
· Do you have a dog and, if so, how big is he and does he bark loudly?
These are just a few of the things that a potential burglar looks for when thinking about invading your house and ruining your day. We’ve all heard of most of these examples but unfortunately we have become complacent until something happens and then we say “why didn’t I… ” but by then, it’s too late.
So here are a few inexpensive ways to help secure your house.
· Put a Door Alarm or Window Alarm where appropriate. Most of these devices give off a very loud, annoying alarm when they detect motion, which will alert you that something is wrong, especially at night. Don’t forget to put an alarm where the garage door leads into the house. And, especially add one if you have an outside entrance to your basement.
· Clean up your front and back yard. If there are toys outside it usually means that the homeowner isn’t very security conscious.
· Trees and bushes in front of windows are a great place for a burglar to hide and later make his entrance to the house. Keep your bushes trimmed, preferably at the window sill height.
· Newspapers and mail in the box are dead giveaways that a…