You might not know this but you really don’t need to make a huge investment or install barbed wire fences in order to make sure your home remains safe from intruders. Sometimes all you need are a few hints and tips to secure your home.
The importance of having a home security system in place can’t be overstated. You won’t need to worry about your home being unarmed and unattended when you are away. You would be making a sound decision to invest in this type of security monitoring that can put your mind at ease. See, a security system can be so much more than simply a burglar alarm. They can save your life. Aside from assisting with intrusions, they are also great at monitoring your home for surveillance, carbon monoxide leaks, fires, and more.
You may not want to go all out and get a security system, but some security cameras are always a good way to protect your home. They can also lead to you feeling much more comfortable in your home. CCTV cameras come in all different shapes and sizes. Some can be used inside and some outside. If you prefer hidden cameras, those are available, too. Sometimes, home insurance carriers will even offer a discount if you have cameras installed.
There are all sorts of gadgets out there that can protect your home in one way or another. From light bulbs that turn on when the doorbell has been rung to lights with timers and dimmers, locks that are smart to cameras that will send you a text message when your doors, windows, or gates open, there truly is a home safety gadget for everyone.
A great way to ensure that your home remains safe even while you are not there is to hire a house sitter. Maybe you are lucky and have a friend or family member whom you can trust, who is conscientious and tidy, and who can move in on a temporary basis to water your plants, feed your pets, and pick up the papers and mail. If you don’t have anyone like that, there are actually services that you can use for this. This might be a bit pricey if you go through a service, but it will give you peace of mind.
Burglars tend to look for signs that homes are unoccupied. This can be like newspapers and mail piling up. If you will be leaving home for a few days, call the newspaper company and ask them to put a temporary hold on delivery. Also, call or visit your local post office to have them stop the delivery of your mail until you return. You can even do this online and they will hold your mail for up to 30 days.
You can stop things like the delivery of mail and newspapers, but what about those other things that can make it oh so obvious that you are not currently in residence? Things like fliers that salesmen leave on your door? You can’t really plan for something like that, but what you can do is have a neighbor, friend, or family member check every few days to make sure that nothing like that has been left. It never hurts to have someone check on the old homestead every day or two anyway.
The Look of Life
A home that is occupied looks like someone is there. The lights will go off and on, cars come and go, etc. When you are away for a few days, all of that comes to a halt. To assist with the creation of the illusion that someone is in residence, you might consider investing in timers for your lights so that they will turn themselves on for a while every night. You might also ask a neighbor to take the garbage to the street while you are gone and bring the can back in. All of this will assist in giving your home the look of life that it normally has.
Also, it is a good thing to keep your home looking as it normally does. For example, if you normally leave your blinds open all the time, don’t close them while you are away.
What other things can you think of that will keep your home safe?