Homeowners invest a lot to fill their home with the right furniture, appliances, and knickknacks, to bring their dream home to life. But there’s one thing homeowners and renters alike should never forget when they’re already too busy worrying about a mortgage, car loan, and the works: protect their home from break-ins.
Burglars and home theft are terrifying. You can prevent this from happening by ensuring your home is secured and keeping your mind alert and aware of your surroundings. Protect your family and maintain a safe home. Here are ways on how you can do so:
Befriend your neighbors. A good relationship with your neighbor means having someone to look after your property when you’re not around. You can ask them to pick up any flyers or newspapers dropped at your doorstep so it appears someone is inside the house. One of the common modus operandi of burglars is to leave flyers or ads right out of house’s doorstep to find out which house is empty.
Keep your valuables out of sight. When going out, don’t just leave your place as it is where your laptop is on the dining table, your tablet on the coffee table, and other valuables just lying around. Store and hide them in a safe spot where your valuables are concealed. This goes the same for your jewelry, cash on-hand, or any other worthy possessions that could be a target for burglars.
Keep your car keys close to your bed. Place your car keys in an arm’s reach whenever you head to sleep. Whenever you feel or hear something suspicious, you can easily grab your keys and press the panic button to trigger the car alarm. This will scare the intruders outside or away from your house.
Install an alarm system (or pretend to have one). Motion light detectors, CCTV cameras, or other alarm and security system are worth investing. It may come with a hefty price, however, it’s a price you should be willing to pay for your safety, protection, security, and proof of evidence in case anything happens.
If you can’t afford one at the moment, there’s no harm in pretending you have one. You can post an alarm system sign right outside your window to warn off intruders.
Turn on your radio. Lack of noise is an indication that a house is empty and a clear-cut sign for thieves that it’s a good time to break in. When you’re going out for a quick morning/night run or out for a party, try to keep your radio on to make it seem there’s someone in the house.
Throw product packages responsibly. Got a brand new soundbar? Brought in a fresh 50-inch flat-screen? That’s cool but you know what’s not cool? Leaving the packaging right outside your front door. You’ll only become a high-target in the eyes of intruders by tempting them with the boxes right outside.
Wait for the garbage truck to stop by to get rid of these boxes but until then, keep the packaging inside your home where no one knows of your new expensive possessions.
Don’t broadcast your vacation on social media. The most important of all and the most common mistake homeowners make, keep yourself from broadcasting too much on where you are, what you recently bought, how much you earn, etc. on social media platforms. This can only put you in a dangerous spot. You’ll never know who sees your accounts, potential intruders can monitor your action thru these channels. It’s better to be safe than #sorry.
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About the author: Chie Suarez is a passionate writer for PAAL Kit Homes, a company that manufactures and supplies steel-framed kit homes that help Australian families build their dream home. Chie has a deep interest in home design and decoration.
August 24, 2017