A homeowner like you typically ranks your abode as your most valuable possession not only because it offers a place to live but can appreciate in value over decades. If you want to keep your home safe and secure, follow these six tips.
Lock All Windows and Doors
Burglars generally don’t plan their break-ins but instead take advantage of opportunities like open doors or windows, preferably on the ground floor. Those on higher floors are also targeted if climbing aids are available such as balconies, nearby trees, or step ladders. Locking these external access points deters such opportunistic activities. If you have sliding patio doors, use a locking patio door bar to secure them or thieves will be able to lift the door off its track.
Set Your Alarm When You Leave
When you’re in a hurry to get to work or take the kids to school, it’s easy to forget setting the alarm. Don’t forget to do this because this acts as your first line of defense if someone decides to break in.
Piled up newspapers by your entry, circulars littering your doorway, and a mailbox stuffed full of letters are sure signs to criminals that nobody is home. Contact your post office, delivery services, and newspapers to pause all deliveries to your home while you’re gone.
Ask a Neighbour
Your neighbours can be your best friends when you go on vacation so don’t be afraid to enlist their help. Ask them to park their car in your driveway so it looks like somebody is always home. Have them pick up any circulars or packages that get dropped off at your home. Give them permission to tour all of your property once in awhile to ensure that nothing is amiss. Don’t forget to give them clear instructions on what to do if they encounter a problem and your contact information so they know how and where to get in touch with you.
Avoid Social Media Announcements
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media are meant for sharing so why not use them to detail your vacation adventures? The problem is criminals scour the internet for that kind of information because it tells them that nobody is home. For security purposes, avoid posting your schedule, pictures, or anything else related to your vacation until you get back.
Add Outdoor Security Lights
While many burglaries occur during the day when you’re at work or school, some also happen at night because the darkness affords additional cover. Add security lights that come on when either it gets dark, or somebody triggers a motion sensor so burglars have no place to hide. The latter version may even send burglars scurrying away out of surprise.
Are you ready to beef up your home security? Then schedule your consultation with us at Acme Protective Systems today.