Your home may not be as safe as you think.Home Security Tips

Adequately securing your home is easier that you think. “It doesn’t take much to out-smart most burglars.”
“Burglars seek out homes that are unoccupied and dark. They look for easy to access through concealed entry points.

” No matter where you live, here are some easy things you can do to protect your home when you can’t be there.

7  Steps to Securing Your Home:

1. Doors and Windows

Lock all doors and windows, including garage doors and your pet doors. A unlocked window or door is an open invitation for these thieves.
If your home has weak locks you can install deadbolt locks with a one inch throw and reinforced strike plate. This adds more security and makes it much harder for doors to be forcibly entered.
Mount high-quality locks on all windows, particularly those at ground level. This includes using a stopper in the window track. You can use something as simple as a wooden dowel.

2. Sliding Doors

Secure sliding glass doors. Most new homes the frame of the door is made from vinyl, this makes the door more energy efficient but easier for it to be forced open.
A simple solution to secure the door is to place a metal rod or a larger wooden dowel in the frame behind the door.
These will help prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.

3. Indoor Lighting

Place timers or daylight sensors on indoor lamps or lighting to light up your home at night.
Try a variable timer with 2 on/off settings per day. Before you leave for your vacation, check that all lightbulbs are working properly.
With the invention of the internet there are now options that allow you to log in to your home security system from any computer or even your smart phone.
You can turn on and off lighting and other devices.

4. Outdoor Lighting

Keep the perimeter of your home well lighted.
Use low voltage or solar lighting around porches, decks, entrances, walkways, pathways and other dark outdoor areas.
If  leaving on a trip, make sure that all lightbulbs are working properly.

5. Mail and Newspapers

Postpone mail and newspaper deliveries (if possible). Also you can have trust worthy friend or neighbor collect them.
Also ask your neighbor to remove any advertising flyers that are deposited in your yard or on your door.

6. Spare House Key

Never hide keys near the door of the home, like under doormats or in mailboxes or flowerpots.
Give an extra key to a trust worthy friend and ask them to check your home regularly while you’re away.

7. Landscaping

Keep bushes trimmed and away from entrances and walkways.
Arrange to have someone take care of your lawn or garden while you’re away so your house doesn’t look empty.
An unkept lawn is a signal for burglars to stop and check your home.