10 Insider Tips on How to Increase Your Home Security

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Your home and family are the most important things to you.  Keeping your home safe from intrusions and theft is something that cannot be guaranteed, but there are several ways you can improve your residential security to protect the vulnerable areas in and around your home and minimize the threat that you will be a burglary or home invasion victim.

  1. Install an alarm system.  An excellent investment, an alarm system not only  protects the contents of your house, it can also lower home insurance rates.  Alarm systems have a  variety of options from glass breakage to motion-activated sensors, complete with video and audio recording.  If you do have an alarm system installed, advertise it.  Use the signs and placards the alarm company gives you to alert any possible intruders to the fact that your home has a security system.

  2. Never hide a key to your house anywhere outside.  This is one of the most important and most often overlooked aspects of improving residential security. If you want to provide access to your home to someone, or want a key available in the event that you misplace yours, do not hide it outside.  Give a copy to a trusted neighbor or nearby friend or family member.

  3. Make sure your home has blinds or windows coverings that block a passer-by's view of the interior of your home.  Utilizing this tip will prevent potential thieves from determining whether or not there is anything in your house worth stealing in the first placeand also prevents observers from knowing when someone is home alone.

  4. Leave a radio or television turned to a "talk only" station when you will be away for more than a few hours.  Doing this makes it seem as though there are people in your home.

  5. Use metal bars on sliding doors and windows.  Sometimes all it takes to compromise residential security is a faulty latch on a sliding door, and the potential for exploiting this entry point can be dramatically minimized by using a bar in the track of the door or window to keep it from being opened even when the latch is disengaged.

  6. When you move into a new home, change all the locks immediately.  You never know who might have a key to your new house, so changing all the locks as soon as you move in, if not before, is essential to increasing your residential security.  Consider high security locks from a professional locksmith in lieu of a trip to the department store for increased security.

  7. Get a dog or advertise that you have one with "Beware of Dog" signs and dog toys in your yard.  Whether you actually have a dog or not, creating the illusion that one exists can be a great deterrent to potential intruders and burglars.

  8. Use automatic timers and motion sensors for interior and exterior lighting.  When away from your home for extended periods, automatic timers on interior lights give the appearance that your house is occupied, while motion sensors on exterior lights dissuade burglars because they are in the spotlight as soon as they step onto your property.  Consider home automation features that you can control from your phone for energy management.

  9. Change your routine.  If you always leave for work or other activities at the same time every day, try changing the times you leave to prevent unwelcome observers from learning your habits.

  10. If you have a garage, use it.  Park your car inside as much as possible, that way potential threats to your home will not know if you are even there, and will avoid confrontation by avoiding your house entirely.

Following these simple tips can help you increase your residential security and keep you, your family, and your valuables safe from harm or theft.

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