Keeping Safe What Matters Most

No one likes to feel threatened or vulnerable. No matter where we are or who are we are with, it is important to feel safe. And in no other place is this more important than in your own home.

In our homes we keep our possessions, our memories and our families. The heart of our very lives is found in our homes. Very few things should take precedence over ensuring that our homes truly are a safe haven. Yet, many of us fail to take a number of very simple precautions that will help to secure all that matters most to us and the ones that we love. Here are a ten simple tips or techniques to try so that you can have the peace of mind that is so crucial.

1) Keep a light or two on when you are gone (preferably on timers). Your home will be much safer if it appears occupied and putting lights on timers will allow for this without running up energy bills.

2) Try breaking into your own home. This may sound strange but one of the best ways to ensure you’re covering all the bases is by trying to think like a thief. Lock yourself out and attempt to break in without being seen and you’ll be sure to identify any weak spots in your security.

3) Make sure your alarm system is functioning properly at all times. Most people will ignore an alarm if it is known to go off occasionally without cause. After fixing a faulty alarm make sure to notify neighbors so they will not ignore it in the future.

4) Label tools and equipment that is likely to be stolen. Thieves try to avoid stealing easy-to-be-identified items so things like tools can be marked ostensibly to deter them.

5) Make sure that you do your homework before allowing any sort of service professional or salesman into your home. If you’re looking to hire a house cleaner, for example, check their background through the Better Business Bureau. If a salesman comes to your door, do not let them in without seeing credentials.

6) Always lock up when you go out, even if you will only be gone for a short time. You’d be surprised how many burglaries occur “opportunistically” because a thief simply sees an easy opportunity.

7) If you have an alarm system, make sure to conceal all wiring. Professional or experienced burglars looks will attempt to disconnect your security system and exposed wiring will make it a cinch for them.

8) Change your locks if keys go missing. Make sure to do so immediately, a burglar will understand that they only have a small window to use a key so they will likely strike quickly.

9) Avoid listing your full name on mailboxes or in phone directories. Stick to an initial and your last name.

10) Never leave a note for family members or service people anywhere on the outside of the home. These are a sure sign to burglars that you are not home.

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David Glenn is a home improvement expert.  He occasionally freelance writes about DIY home improvement and home security.  Check out Vivint security systems for state of the art security.