Keeping your home safe is high on the list of priorities because this is what protects your family. You may not get a second chance when it comes to protecting your loved ones. In a split second, things can be changed forever. Make sure your family is safe and take care of these issues immediately. Home security systems are a great way to deter potential burglars, but they can be a bit pricey. There are also simple changes you can make such as implementing proper outdoor lighting that is much more inexpensive.
There are several simple low cost things you can do to make your home more secure from robbery and theft and give your family peace of mind.
Security Tip #1
Install adequate lighting outside every entry way. You can pick up motion sensor activated lights at most department and hardware stores for under $20.00. These can be set to cover a fairly large spread. It is recommended that you install lights outside every doorway to the house. If there is a side of the house that tends to be very dark it might be a good idea to install a light there as well to prevent concealment in the shadows.
Home Security Tip #2
If you have a privacy fence around your property this can give the feeling of security but this is not necessarily the case. Security fences can actually provide a safe opportunity for a thief to work his way into your home. Once inside the perimeter of the fence the thief can work on entry to your home without being seen by neighbors or people passing by. Install motioned sensor controlled security lights outside within the fenced area. If there is a gate to the fenced in area make sure if has a secure locking mechanism.
Home Security Tip #3
Install deadbolt locks on every door leading to the outside. The types of locks which have a key in the door knob will not successfully secure a door against a thief or criminal.
Security Tip #4
Contrary to popular belief, criminals do not often enter through windows. This is because they make too much noise when they are broken. You are still better safe than sorry. Keep your windows locked at all times. Glazing is one of the most effective ways to secure windows against breakage.
Home Security Tip #5
Consider installing a monitored home security system. Many security companies have specials which include free equipment if you sign a contract for 2-3 years. Choose a security company with a solid history and proven track record. An alarm system will also often lower your insurance premiums. This might be enough to even cover the cost of the system.
By taking these simple steps you can decrease your chances of being the victim of a crime while providing your family with a greater sense of security.
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