Tips to Better Secure Your Home
A home in the United States is burglarized almost every fifteen seconds. Typically during these break-ins, the homeowner will lose close to two thousand dollars in goods or damage. Many homeowners who have a high deductible on their home insurance policy end up paying out of pocket to replace their belongings and to fix the damage done to their homes. But the worst part may be the violation that is felt by each member of the family. Your home is a place that should always feel safe, and keeping it that way involves taking active steps and remaining vigilant.
Safety Steps To Avoid Burglary
- Always lock your doors and windows
- Keep your blinds closed
- Shut the garage door after entering and exiting
These are steps that may be habit for you and members of your family. But there are more in depth actions that you can take to protect your home. Things that may seem harmless and may not even cross your mind can attract a burglar to your home. Being aware of these things can decrease the chance of your home being burglarized.
Prune Your Shrubs
Overgrown shrubs and trees can create places for a burglar or thief to hide. When you cut these back and keep them pruned, you ensure that all your porches and windows are visible to neighbors and those who pass by. The more people who can keep an eye on your home, the less likely you are to be victimized.
Be Careful What You Put In Your Trash
When you purchase that brand new laptop or the new big screen TV, you probably just throw the box in the trash or put it out on the curb for the garbage truck to pick up. But these boxes are essentially an advertisement to a thief who is looking for a home with some good merchandise. Break down any boxes you have and make sure they are covered before you put them in the trash.
Set Timers In Your Home
Timers can be set on lights in your home that will turn things on right before it gets dark. This gives the illusion that someone is home and that this is not a good place to break in. Timers are fairly inexpensive and easy to install, and can save you a lot of money by helping you to avoid a burglary.
Keep Your Peace Of Mind
Your house contains not only your most valuable possessions, but also the people who are the most valuable to you. Don’t ignore the likelihood of your home being burglarized. Take active steps to avoid this happening to you.
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