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Keep Your Home Safe

May 29, 2012

Home is a place you should feel safe and secure. Sometimes, we take it for granted and unfortunately, we do need to remain vigilant about things we do that could compromise our well-being. Here are a few tips you might want to consider.

  1. Everyone loves an inviting home – including burglars. Make sure it looks occupied and is difficult to break in.
    • Always lock outside doors and windows even if you’re gone only a short time.
    • Leave lights on when you leave. Consider timers to automatically control the lights.
    • Keep your garage door closed even when you’re home; don’t tempt thieves with what you have in your garage.
    • Suspend your mail and newspaper delivery when you’re out of town or get a neighbor to pick it up for you.
  2. Posting that you’re out of town or away from home on social networks is like advertising your home is unprotected.
  3. Equally dangerous could be allowing certain social network sites to track your location.
  4. Don’t leave keys under doormats, in flowerpots or the plastic rocks; thieves know about those hiding places and even more than you can think.
  5. Trim the shrubs from around your home; don’t give criminals a place to hide.

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One Comment
  1. Marie permalink

    “Trim the shrubs from around your home; don’t give criminals a place to hide.”

    A derivative of this is to plant something viciously prickly under your windows. And it doesn’t have to be something ugly either; I can’t imagine that there are many burglars who would voluntarily tussle with a rose bush. Of course, this is more about the opportunistic criminal than someone bound and determined to get in, but it’s still worth doing.

    Then there’s the idea of a guard dog. If you happen to be a dog person, you could get a guard dog and if you’re not a dog person or don’t want the responsibility, then no harm can come of putting up a “Beware of the Dog” sign or sticking a huge dog bowl somewhere a would-be criminal will see it.

    Something else that might be worth a look is this lock from Yale. One of the things I liked about it is that you can set a temporary code, so you could give access someone who’s looking in on your house while you’re away, then get rid of the code once you’re back. For me, that’s preferable to handing over a set of keys. Of course, I wouldn’t hand over my keys to anyone that gave me the impression they’d be off down the key cutter’s first chance they got, but there’s always the risk they might lose them. Or leave them laying around. And yes, I am speaking from experience. We ended up having to have all our locks changed.


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