Keeping Your Home Secure
There are many ways that these can get into your home, still your property, and perhaps even hurt you or your family. However, making your home secure is not rocket science. There are many simple things that you can do in and around your home to keep you and your family safe. These include:
- Replace the locks in your new home: when you purchase a new home, never simply accept the keys given to you by the previous owner. The simplest way that someone can break into your home is by walking through the front door using the keys. You have no way to know how many other people may have copies to the keys to your home. The best thing for you to do is simply change the locks.
- Hide your key on the dog: most people like to hide a spare key to their home under a mat or rock outside their home. It is always important to keep a spare key somewhere easy to get to in case you lose the one you have and are locked out of the home. There are many situations where a spare key may come in handy. However, when you hide one under the mat, you are not choosing the safest place to do so. A thief will simply have to lift the mat and take the key out, then open the door. A great idea would be to put your spare key on your dog’s collar. This works best if you have a doggie door. The dog stays inside most of the time, but comes out through the pet door if you need to key. Most people fear dogs too, so they will not attempt to take your key off the collar.
- Keep your bushes trimmed: unkempt bushes are one of the favorite hiding places for burglars. They may hide in your bushes waiting for you to leave to break in or for you to open the door so they can break in. You may think your bushes are beautiful, but they threaten your home security. Keep them trimmed, especially near your doors and windows.
- Keep your valuables out of sight: you do not want to attract thieves to your home because they see your valuables easily from your sidewalk. Walk out to your sidewalk and look into your home. If you can see your TV, computer, or other valuables through the window or doors, so can the thieves. Move them somewhere in the home where they are not so visible if possible. If not possible, make sure your windows stay covered.
When it comes to keeping your home safe, there is no need to install sophisticated technology or spend a lot of money on guards just to be safe. Most of the time, the simple tips like the ones above are enough to help keep your home safe for little to no cost.