Home burglary is a serious concern for all of us. According to the Bureau of Justice, there are 84.4 home burglaries or theft per 1,000 homes per year in the U.S. Protecting your family starts with protecting your home. Here are 16 low cost home security tips that are easy to implement and will help improve the chances that your home won’t be burglarized.
- Don’t leave newspapers out in the yard. This will signal to a would-be burglar that you are on vacation and the house is unattended.
- Make sure your house number is easy for emergency responders to find and read.
- Add quality deadbolt locks. Doors with only one lock are very easy for burglars to defeat.
- Have deadbolt key ready for exit.
- Reinforce your door jams with 3 inch long nails and screws to make it difficult for a burglar to kick your door in.
- Have a professional install a solid-core wood door or metal door.
- Use interior door hinges. If your hinges are on the outside of the house, an intruder can easily remove the pin and gain entry.
- Install a peep-hole in your front door. You should never open your door for someone you don’t know.
- Make sure all of your auxiliary windows are secure with a locking device.
- Add a secure locking device to your sliding glass door.
- Install a security system and make sure you know how to use it.
- Don’t leave your key in your mailbox or under your door mat. Burglars know to look there! Wrap your key up in foil and hide it somewhere only your family members know about.
- Don’t make it easy for intruders to hide around your house. For example, a hedge around your house provides a burglar with a hiding place between the house and the shrubbery.
- A fence may offer some protection, especially if it’s difficult to climb or your gate isn’t locked.
- Don’t leave valuables out that might tempt someone looking for items to sell for quick cash. Lock up lawn maintenance, sports and other equipment in a shed or storage unit. Even bikes and toys left out in the yard can become a lure for burglars.
- Install outdoor lighting. No area of your property should be without lighting; motion-detection lighting is fine for areas you don’t want lit all the time.
How secure is your home? When it comes to protecting your family, you can’t be too careful. Use the above tips to keep you, your family and your property, safe and secure. Don’t make it easy for a thief and he will most likely move on.
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