Tips To Keep Your Home Safe
Many people do not follow simple procedures that could help deter burglars from attempting to break into your house. For example, many people let their absences be obvious and/or do not remember to lock doors and windows, both of which are signals to experienced thieves. Read below to find tips for homeowners on how to protect your home and family.
- It is usually a good idea to change the locks on your new home when you move in. You never know who might have keys to your house. If your new home does not have deadbolts on all ground level doors, think about installing them. If a sliding glass door is easily accessible, it is a good idea to put a strip of wood in the lower tract to keep outsiders from getting the door open.
- You may also want to install an alarm if the house doesn't already have one. If you move into a new house with an alarm, make sure you get accurate (written) directions on how to operate it.
- Keep your doors locked, even if you step out for just a few minutes. Especially remember to lock all doors at night and when you go on vacation. Similarly, keep your windows locked. Check that all windows have locks when you move into a new house. If they don't, install them or replace the window.
- Leave a key with a trusted neighbor in case anything happens to your house while you are away, or in case you get locked out. It's usually not a good idea to leave a key hidden outside your house, especially in more urban areas. It is also a good idea to leave at least one visible light on, if not more.
- Don't give repairmen a key, and don't give people fixing your car your whole set of keys. Your house keys can be easily duplicated and your address can usually be obtained from your license plate number.
- Don't let strangers into your home; always check through a peephole or via intercom. If you question someone's identity, ask to see ID. Deliverymen and people on legitimate business will not have a problem showing you their ID. This is especially important to remember when you are home alone.
- Report broken street lights to the city or to your homeowner's association. Well-lit areas mean less hiding places for burglars. Similarly, report any strangers you notice loitering in your neighborhood without one of your neighbors or any apparent purpose.