In this day and age, it doesn’t matter if you live in a gated community, a house, or an apartment, or even if you live in the best or worst area of town, you could still be the victim of a burglary, home invasion, or worse. You owe it to yourself, and to those you love, to protect your home and, in doing so, your family.
There are literally thousands of security options available, including monitored home security systems, security cameras, bars for your doors and windows, etc. These options take time and money, and you may wish to consider one or more of them. But there are also things you can do right now, today, that will provide an added measure of protection, and, most of these things don’t involve investing a lot of money up front.
- Keep your doors and windows locked as much as possible. This means always keep them locked when you aren’t at home, and try to keep them locked as much as possible when you are home, especially during the overnight hours.
- Make sure that all your doors and windows have adequate locks. This means deadbolt locks wherever possible, blocking devices in sliding glass patio doors, and blocking devices for windows that slide open horizontally or vertically, as well.
- Install a peep hole at your front door.
- Keep the exterior of your home well lit, including your back and front yard, side yards, patio, deck, parking area, and any detached structures. Exterior, motion detected lighting is inexpensive, easy to install, and highly effective.
- Always lock your car, your garage doors, garage windows, and any detached sheds, storage buildings, barns, etc., on your property.
- Don’t hide a key anywhere outside. Regardless of how good you think your hiding place is, an experienced thief will find your hidden key.
- Never put your name, address, phone number, or any other identifying information on your keys. Immediately change your locks in the event that you lose your keys.
- Cancel the mail, the newspaper, and any other deliveries when you are out of town.
- Change all the locks on doors when you move into a new place, be it a new home or an apartment, whether you’re renting or buying.
These may seem like common sense suggestions, however, you would be surprised at how many people don’t observe even the most basic measures of home security.