Making your home safe and secure is a critical part of being a homeowner. If you want to be well-protected and responsible, you owe it to yourself to address home security as thoroughly as possible. The problem is that you may lack focus. The information included here will help you figure out what to do.
Do you have an outside dog? Using Fido to hide your spare key can be a clever trick. Put it on your dog’s collar, making sure it is hidden. This works very well if you have a pet that is not very fond of strangers. You will get the access you need without having to worry about your safety.
Home security systems offer other triggering features besides having an alarm sound. They can actually be set to chime whenever a monitored door is opened. This can be valuable to parents with small children as they are made aware their child has opened or closed a door.
Don’t just hide your spare key anywhere. Too many people put their extra key under the mat in front of their door; burglars know to check there. You should hide it in your dog’s collar.
If you have an attached garage, don’t forget to secure it as well. Many people are concerned about people entering their garages to gain access to their homes. Place a C-Clamp on the door track near the roller. This will prevent the door from lifting.
Walls can serve as a handy hiding place. Small items of value can be hidden for safety in your home’s walls. You could utilize an electrical outlet, phone jack, or unused switch plate. If there are no unused plates, you can easily install fake ones.
You should always lock up your house, even if you’re only planning to be gone for a short time. Many home thefts start with the thief simply walking in an unlocked door or window. It can be a quick job for a burglar to steal items of great value.
After making major (i.e. expensive) purchases, don’t dump the packaging out front if your next scheduled garbage pick-up is several days away. Having these boxes nearby can tell robbers what kind of merchandise you’ve got in your house.
The wires that are on your house are very valuable. Often homeowners are unaware of this fact until they find that their wiring has been stolen. The copper in the wiring is valuable and can be stripped off of the outside of the home in a relevantly short period of time. Be sure that your wiring is concealed or difficult to access in order to keep your wires safe.
Before you let any strangers enter your home, be sure you look over their references. A background check may also be a good idea. You can’t know for sure about the integrity of people you hire, and blindly giving them access to your home can be a huge mistake.
To make you feel at ease, it’s crucial that your home is as secure as possible. There is no question that this is true. Hopefully you now have a better understanding about how to really secure your home.