There are a lot of valuables in your home, especially your family. Home is a place that needs to be safe for everyone where they can be free of worry from stress, from what’s going on in the outside world, from intruders, and from fear. Intruders violate every feeling of security when they break into a family’s home. Here are some tips to ensure your family’s and home’s safety.
A good deterrent to intruders is a dog. If your family wants a dog, get one that can protect you if needed or who at least has a vicious and loud bark to give the allusion that it’s dangerous. Even the sweetest dogs react differently when they sense danger so you don’t need to have a Doberman who’s trained to kill for the extra protection. Especially if the family is home, bigger dogs (meaning a Chihuahua won’t provide much protection no matter how much it loves you) will be protective no matter its breed.
In some cases, intruders will scout out a place to burglarize for days, weeks, or even months before actually doing it so they can learn the family’s schedule. While you won’t always be able to control when you leave for work, errands, and other responsibilities mix it up as much as you can. If you have any recurring weekend outing like going to the movies or a fitness class, consider switching it up and doing that on a weeknight or switch between Saturday and Sunday. That way if anyone is watching you and your family it will be harder to pinpoint a time when the whole family is gone.
Make sure your doors and windows are all secured and strong. If you don’t have deadbolts on any of the doors, get them. Intruders can break into a door locked only by the handle really easily. Keep windows locked definitely when you’re away but even if you’re home having them locked will keep you safer. The heavier your doors and windows are the safer they’ll be so consider replacing them if you have any hollow doors and single pane windows.
Create an unwelcome environment for intruders by installing motion detector floodlights–the brighter, the better–around the exterior of your house. And keep shrubbery low so it doesn’t block the view of your house from your neighbors and the street. If you have a lot of high shrubs and trees they can hide an intruder.
If you can afford it, have a professional home security system installed. Then, whether you’re home, at work, or on vacation, you know your home is protected against unwanted visitors and should anything suspicious happen, you’ll have your security company on hand to help. Even if you can’t get a security system installed, see if you can procure some security company signs to put in your yard to deter any possible intruders. They wouldn’t want to risk breaking into a house with those signs even if they think they’re fake. Look into security system companies, to find one with whom you feel safe and comfortable. If you can’t afford a home security company, consider a personal home security monitoring device.
Keeping your home safe is a top priority and with these tips you’ll be sure to do your best to protect against intruders. Even if you can’t afford the more expensive options, use common sense and you’ll keep your home safe.