10 Security Tips for Home Safety

You, like most people, probably believe that “only other people get robbed” or “it won’t happen to me.” No matter where you live, your income or your lifestyle; robbery and home invasions are a fact of life. In 2008 a home was broken into every 8 seconds. This doesn’t mean that you’re defenseless; just that you need to protect yourself using home safety strategies. 90% of police officials believe alarms deter burglary attempts. Having a home security system isn’t enough, make sure you follow these security tips to ensure you and your family are safe.

Use the following tips, along with a monitored home alarm system to protect your home and family.

  1. Install and use a home alarm system. Be sure to post security decals in plain sight. They are a great deterrent!
  2. Lock your doors and windows. This seems common sense, but more often that not burglars simply walk in through an unlocked door.
  3. Don’t place valuables in plain view from windows. This increases the temptation for thieves to smash and grab.
  4. Keep trees and bushes trimmed away from windows.
  5. Use motion activated lights outside, especially around the front door.
  6. Post ‘Beware of Dog’ signs.
  7. Put interior lights on timers if you will be away for more than a few hours at night to make it look like someone is home.
  8. If you will be away for more than a couple of days have a neighbor bring in mail and take the trash can in and out so that it looks like your normal routine is being maintained.
  9. Don’t put your family name on the front of the house, or the mail box. This makes it easier for a thief to get your home phone number and call to see when you’re gone.
  10. Keep all exterior storage, gates, and tools locked up.