Living either alone or with their family, creating a safe environment is one of the most important things for every homeowner. Home is where everyone should feel secure and comfortable, but there are always some risks and dangers lurking.
Do you feel safe at your home? What have you done to protect your family and property?
Property crimes and burglaries are not an uncommon thing, so you should take some extra precautions even if you live in a safe part of town or neighborhood. Following these best practices is a great way to start:
1. Get to Know Your Neighbors
Knowing your neighbors is not good only for socializing. If you build a solid and trusting relationship with them, they can also help you when you’re in need and make you feel safer. And you can do the same for them.
They can notice any unusual or suspicious behavior around your home and notify you or the police on time. Whether it is just someone lurking or even trying to break into your house, neighbors are a good first line of defense.
It is also a good idea to have your neighbors check your house every once in a while when you’re away for longer periods of time. They can, for example, leave the porch lights on, or park their car in your driveway to make it look like someone’s home and deter any possible burglars.
2. Install a Fence, Outdoor Lighting or Motion Detectors
Having some protection on the outside of your house is a great way to detect and prevent any possible risk. Criminals are less likely to target a house that has a protected perimeter. They will usually choose the one where they can’t be noticed very easily.
Putting up a fence is a first sign that home security is important to you, and also that there might be even more security systems in place. Burglars will have to put in some extra effort to get to your house.
Outdoor lighting and motion detectors serve to alarm you when someone is approaching your house. This can help you feel safer at night. Any movement will trigger the lights or the detectors, and even if the intruders don’t give up, you will be able to see them and call the police on time.
3. Secure Your Doors and Windows
First of all, make sure that your doors and windows are always properly closed and locked. When leaving the house always double check that everything is locked. It is better to be safe than sorry. And most importantly, never leave your key hidden somewhere outside the house – it is too predictable and obvious.
When it comes to your front door, make sure that they are strong enough, so that they can’t be kicked in easily. Also pay attention to your hinges and door frames, because if they are loose or weak, your door is an easy target.
4. Reduce Hiding Spots Around Your House
Another thing that is highly recommended is keeping your landscape tidy and maintained. You can increase the security around your house if you trim the trees, bushes, and plants around the house. It makes it less possible for an intruder to sneak around and hide.
5. Stay Vigilant and Safe
All in all, it is very important to raise awareness of home safety and the possible security risks. If you are aware of the potential dangers, you will be able to prepare better to prevent them.
Maintain good relations with your neighbors and always try to help each other. For additional help and easier remote control over your house, you can even reconsider using modern technology and turn your house into a smart home. However, make your house as less attractive as you can for an intruder to get close to it, and you will sleep better at night.
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