With 2 million home burglaries reported each year, it is important to make your home as safe as you can. Whether you only have a little bit of money to spend or quite a bit, there are plenty of options.
Use a heavy-duty deadbolt on your front door.
Use timers to keep lights on at home when you’re not there. Some will turn on randomly throughout the day or night, some can be set ahead of time to a specific time or increments of time. Some will work with only one appliance, others are power strips and can program several appliances.
Keep your car locked, whether it is outside or in the garage. Keep valuables out of sight—or better yet, out of your car.
Lock your windows and doors when you leave the house. Even when you are home, do not open windows more than four inches.
Install plenty of outdoor lighting around your home. Motion sensor lights are a great idea. Don’t forget to over all of your bases—make sure there aren’t large blind spots around your home. Security lighting should be up higher off of the ground, shining downwards to cast a big area of light, as well as prevent burglars from tampering with the lights. Make sure that your wires are hard to access. Lighting is also important for the safety of your family and guests walking around at night.
Store valuables in a safe place.
Consider an alarm system. There are many different options including motion detector, video monitoring and sirens.
If you’re an animal person, consider getting a large dog or two to deter burglars.
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