Unlike what most homeowners believe, home break-ins and burglaries are still high. There are people who survive on selling goods stolen from homes. So, home break-ins will not end now or soon. This is to say that you should think of effective long-term home safety measures that will protect your home and property even when home security is the last on your mind. With the right mechanisms in place, home break-ins can be non-existent. Here are a few tips to help you secure your home.
Before planning a break-in, burglaries will always look for signs of occupancy and how often you stay at home. They study your daily pattern to define the ideal time to attack without getting caught. As such, they also know how to spot a home that has not been occupied for days. Do not leave your mail or newspapers uncollected for long. If you’re going on a short trip, request your trusted neighbor to pick the mail and newspapers for you. If you will go on a long vacation, contact your post office to hold your mail until you return. Also, contract a lawn care company to trim your lawn often. Unkempt and overgrown lawns are quite noticeable and signify un-occupancy.
The excitement of finally going on your dream vacation is irresistible, and so is the temptation to share your experience online. You want the world to know that you are having a good time. But, that information may work against you. The information may get into the wrong hands and used to break into your home while you are away. I mean, you advertise to the world that you are not home and you do know who shares your posts and who gets to see them. The internet is vast and people like sharing; so, the information will not be available to your friends only. Enjoy your holiday silently and post all the pics when you get back with a caption like, “the holiday that was” or “enjoyed every bit, wish I could redo it.”
Securing your home, in this case, means ensuring that all the entry points are strong and cannot be broken easily. For instance; old sliding doors are easy to pop open, and burglars have perfected the art of break in through doors and windows using as minimal effort as possible. Reinforce your doors with metal bars or strong dowels inserted into the groove. Also, always ensure that all your doors and windows are locked before leaving the house.
Landscaping has gotten into most homeowners; a home is not complete without a well-manicured landscape. However, depending on the type of landscape you choose, you can offer hiding spots for burglars before they attack. Thick shrubs near your doors or windows are perfect hiding spots while big marble stones can be used to break glass doors or windows to access the locks from inside. Always trim your lawn on time and plant thorny plants under windows.
The internet of things is quickly changing how daily routines are executed. Home security has not been left behind. Smart home automation systems are designed to offer peace of mind and make life comfortable by providing home security when you are away. You get to monitor you home from any location; you receive notifications directly to your device. Allowing you can act on time once you receive a notification before a crime occurs. From motion detectors that trigger notifications to your mobile gadgets to smart locks that notify you once they are unlocked and locked.
You may wonder how trash and home security relate. But, your trash can holds a lot of information that may seem unnecessary to you yet useful to burglars. For instance, if you just bought a new screen or home office computer and disposed of the packaging in your trash can, you give burglars ideas of what is in your house. They plan a break-in having in mind what they are looking for and how to transport it. Moreover, papers containing your personal information like bank statements or credit card reports can be used to falsify your identity. Plaine tickets and party invitations allow burglars to plan their attacks when they are sure that you are away. Things that can not be destroyed before being placed in the trash can should be kept in the house until the garbage collection.
Home safety is paramount because our homes are the epitome of family and togetherness. So, adopt all safety measures and tips that guarantee to keep your family safe.