Keeping Your Home Safe

home alarmThe U.S. Department of Justice reports that an American home is burglarized every 15 seconds, and the typical loss of homeowners is nearly $2,000 per burglary. Because the economy is worsening, burglary is becoming more common and widespread.

If you do not have homeowner’s insurance, or currently have a high deductible on your insurance, you will most likely have to pay out of pocket to replace the stolen goods and damaged property. But there are steps you can take to discourage burglars while protecting your home and assets.

While it is impossible to make a home completely secure, there are a few low-tech methods you can adopt that will make your home less likely to be broken into.

Deterring Thieves

One simple way to deter thieves is by placing home security signs in your yard and stickers on a few windows. Whether you have the system or not, by just placing these items around the perimeter of your house, you will dissuade most thieves from attempting to break into your home.

Another thing to pay attention to is bushes around your home, especially those in front of windows or near doors. Are the bushes tall? Can a person easily hide behind them? If so, it would be in your best interest to trim them. High bushes can lend privacy, but because bushes are potential hiding places, they are also assets to would-be burglars.

Safety Steps

As with deterring burglars, there are also things you can do that will help keep your home more secure. Things like getting rid of that “hidden” key. Almost everyone has a key hidden under a welcome mat, a faux rock, or potted plant. And burglars know this. Imagine how easy it is for a thief to find your key and walk into your home without bringing attention to themselves, or the fact that they are entering your home with the intent to steal.

If you have window air conditioning units, be sure to secure them with a window lock or air conditioner bracket. These are easy entry points for a thief. Make sure your windows are locked, and asses doors to make sure they are sturdy with strong locks. Since a lock is the most vulnerable point on a door, it is imperative that you ensure you have a grade 1 or grade 2 deadlock which penetrates the door’s frame.

There are plenty of simple steps that you can take to make your home more secure, but the first step in securing your home is actually implementing these measures.   If you’re interested in purchasing a home security system, we recommend visiting www.homealarmadvisors.com and reading their reviews first. Remember that it is your responsibility to keep your assets safe.