There are over 2 million burglaries in the United States every year. A lot of people think that they will never be the victim of a crime but these kinds of things happen every day. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to improve your home security and keep your family, your home and your belongings safe. Burglars will typically look for the path of least resistance, meaning that they are looking for the easiest target. The tips we are about to share below will help you make sure that your home is not the easiest target in your neighborhood.
Never Advertise the Fact That You Are out of Town
When a lot of people go on a long vacation they might mention on their answering machine that they will be away until a certain date. A lot of people also update their Facebook page with details about their trip. It’s not difficult for a criminal to find out what your address is if they have your phone number or information from a social networking site. If you are going to be out of town for a period of time you should have the post office hold your mail and ask a friend or neighbor to collect any newspapers that are being delivered. In my neighborhood we get two or three free newspapers delivered every week. If your house is the one with half a dozen newspapers piled up in the driveway it is like putting out a welcome mat for would-be criminals.
Make It More Difficult to Break into Your House
Making it more difficult to break into your house is about more than just having good locks on your doors and windows. Keep the shrubs next to your house trimmed, especially any vegetation that is next to doors and windows. You don’t want to give a burglar an easy hiding place so they can remain undetected as they work to gain entry into your house. You might also want to install some lights that are on motion detectors. Whenever someone gets near your home the lights will go on automatically to make it difficult for a criminal to hide while they are trying to get into your home.
Think about Investing in a Monitored Home Security System
If your home has an alarm system installed it will definitely be more difficult to get into your home undetected and that is a major deterrent for a lot of criminals. If your home has a burglar alarm and your neighbor’s house does not, the burglar will probably move on to the next house. They want to get in and out as fast as possible and remain undetected while doing so. With a monitored home security system, even if someone does break into your house, the company that monitors your burglar alarm will contact the proper authorities and help will be on the way within a matter of minutes. If you do choose to invest in a monitored security system I would highly recommend that you research home security systems reviews before you decide on which company to go with. By researching reviews from customers that have used a number of different security companies you will be able to quickly gather information about your different options. A company that has good feedback from their customers would be a better choice than the one that simply offers the lowest price for their services.
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