The start of the New Year is when many people resolve to lose weight, get in better shape, or improve their finances. Rarely do folks resolve to improve their home security, yet doing so is just as important as getting in better health or saving money. Here are some resolutions you should consider making in order to ensure your family and home are as safe as possible during the coming year.
#1. Develop Good Safety Habits
Home burglaries are often crimes of opportunity, which means you must be extremely vigilant at protecting it. Make a pact to develop good safety habits now so that even if you only leave your home for a quick trip to the store, it will be adequately protected. In addition to locking your doors, you should avoid leaving a key outdoors and have your current locks rekeyed if they become compromised in any way. Schedule regular inspections of your home’s fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, and do not forget to change their batteries on a regular basis as well.
#2. Get a Professional Safety Inspection
Developing good safety habits is only one way to protect yourself. The truth is that there may be other things you need to be doing but are not, simply because you do not know about them. A professional safety inspection can bring these things to light so that you can take measures to correct them. Most homeowners who undergo such an inspection are amazed at the hazards they discover but were previously unaware of. Even if you have had a security inspection in the past, you may want to have another one performed if a great deal of time has elapsed since your previous one.
#3. Maintain Your Landscaping
An unkempt lawn can give others the impression that your home is vacant, which is something that dramatically increases your odds of a break-in. Not only that, but overgrown shrubbery can also provide the ideal hiding place for an intruder. You do not have to wait until spring, as it is equally important to keep up with raking leaves and shoveling snow as it is cutting the grass and pulling weeds.
#4. Install a Security System
Installing a security systemis one of the best ways to prevent break-ins. Even so, it is one task that is often postponed until after a burglary has occurred. Do not wait until you have become a victim to consider a home security system. A security system is more affordable than you think, and may even qualify you for lower homeowner’s insurance rates.
These four resolutions are easy to implement, yet will go a long way toward keeping your family safe. In the coming year, be sure to keep these things in mind as a part of your overall resolution toward enhanced home security.