I know the prime reason you’ve decided to look through my website is because you’re looking for a home security system. However, I don’t want you to buy something you might not need, which is why you see this page before you. You see there are plenty of security measures you can take that will help deter burglars and they don’t have to cost you very much at all.
So, let’s take a look at a few of the more common protective measures you can take (and some security options you may not have thought about).
We can’t get away from it, every home needs keys and usually more than one person will have their own set. When it comes to keeping these secure make sure you don’t hand them over to just anyone. Lots of us will give a set to our friends or neighbors in case of an emergency, but this could be a potential security issue.
The very best thing you can do is make sure you have locks that require high security keys. Although this will require a cash investment if you have keys that cannot easily be copied, you’re making life much harder for someone to break-in.
The other (and less obvious) point with keys is to make sure you change the locks if you’ve just moved into a new home. You never know who might still have a set from the previous owners.
Doors and Windows
As we all know, would-be thieves will look for the easiest point of entry into a home and that starts with your doors or windows. It may sound like I’m stating the obvious here but more than once, I’ve left home and had to return because I’ve forgotten to lock a window. If you have children who are likely to be at home on their own at times, make sure you get them into the habit of locking everything before they leave the house.
The same thing applies when you’re at home. Whilst many petty criminals prefer to make sure a house is empty before breaking in, there are times when they will take the chance if they come across an open window or door that’s not locked. It doesn’t bear thinking about what might happen if you come up from the basement with some laundry and find you’re faced with a less than desirable character in your kitchen or living room, so keep those doors and windows locked!
Keeping Valuables Safe
Where do you currently keep jewelry? I’ll bet the answer is in a decorative box! What’s the first thing a thief will do if they gain access to your house? That’s right – head straight for the master bedroom so they can fill their pockets with your valuables!
Jewelry boxes look very pretty and they’re fine if you intend to keep some inexpensive costume jewelry in them. For the more valuable items think about hiding them in your attic or basement, it may sound silly but statistics show these are the last two places a burglar will “stop by”. If you don’t have an attic or basement, consider the kitchen instead (yet another place a burglar won’t usually go hunting around in).
You could also consider a home safe of some sort, and these don’t have to cost a fortune. Just bear in mind what you intend to keep in it. The more valuable your items are, the more secure it should be.
Get a Dog
Generally, we are nation of animal lovers here in the US and getting a dog could help you feel more secure, and act as a deterrent to burglars. However, if you’re immediately thinking about a huge Doberman or Alsatian think again!
It’s a little known fact that it’s easier to throw a large dog a hunk of meat to keep him quiet while the burglar sets about relieving you of your valuables. Little dogs that are known for “yapping” are much harder to deal with because they tend not to stay quiet and that’s something any thief won’t want!
Mix Up Your Routine
People who steal like routine – not theirs – yours! Professional thieves will spend days watching what time you leave home, when you get back and how long you’re away during the day. This is because they prefer to “work alone”. Ok, so not all of us can leave for work at different times of the day, but try to mix your routine up a little bit.
For instance, if you tend to visit the gym or a store at the end of the day try going at different times so it’s harder for someone to gauge when you’ll be at home. You can also add timers to lights in your house and these can be set for different times each day. This helps to make it look as if someone is there when in fact, the house is empty. This is also a good idea if you’re going on vacation.
These are just a few common sense ideas to help keep your home more secure. Just take the time to wander about your house and try to think like a burglar. You’ll be surprised at the number of security measures you might have overlooked.