Security Steps That Can Help Deter Would Be Thieves
Our home should be our safe place where we live our lives free from fear and the threat of an outside source taking that which belongs to us. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, when a burglary happens it robs us not only of our personal property but also of our feelings of security. The victims of these type crimes state, the most devastating part of a burglary is the feeling of having been violated. The reckless rummaging and careless treatment of your home and personal possessions, leaves the homeowner feeling scared, insecure, and vulnerable. Hopefully, you will never experience a burglary in your home. But if the unthinkable does happen, call the police and keep your family out of harm’s way. The following are a few ideas on how you can deter unwanted, uninvited visitors!
- Security Systems – This is the number one suggestion, but can be expensive. There are however, some less expensive DIY options on the market. If this is still not an option you could place outdoor cameras or fake cameras on the outside of your home. Also, you could post signage around your home stating that it has a security system, even if it doesn’t.
- Dead Bolt Locks – Do not depend on a regular knob lock which can easily be stripped by a strong hand or tool. Dead Bolt Locks cannot be so easily broken. Also, any laundry room entries/basement entries/garage entries should also be equipped with a dead bolts.
- Lighting – Make sure all entry ways are well lit. Motion lighting placed strategically around the perimeter of the home, is a good investment that is relatively inexpensive. Be sure that there are no overgrown shrubs/plants that obstruct the view of the entries.
- Windows – Be sure to always keep windows locked. Another precautionary measure that could be taken, is planting of roses, holly, or other thorny type shrubs underneath windows. Be sure with sliding glass doors you have a device to prevent the door from sliding should the lock be broken when intruders attempt to enter. This could be something as simple as a broomstick laid in the track of the door.
- What they don’t know want hurt you – Never discuss your travel plans in a public forum or on social networking sites. When you tell someone that you plan on being out of town on vacation or business on one of these sites, you are issuing an invitation. Also, a simple exchange between two friends at the mall, can send that same invitation to ears within listening distance. Also, don’t make your routine everyone else’s business. If you have a garage, when at home make sure that the car is inside and the garage door closed. Be sure to close the garage door when you leave so that no one will know whether the car is there or not. Timing devices to control noise and lighting within the house to make it appear that you are at home even when you are not, have proven very helpful! Have a family member or close friend/neighbor monitor the mail and newspaper. Do not allow a collection of two or three days newspapers lay in the doorway/driveway.
- Dog Ownership – A good dog can be a great alarm system when unwanted visitors come onto your property or approach your home. Inside or out, they can be great at letting you know that something is amiss. But, there are other decisions to be made when considering this option. Dog ownership, is a privilege and a responsibility. Be sure you are ready for both the expense and dedication required before taking on this responsibility. Also, you may want to check with your insurer about what kind of dogs are excluded from your coverage, or if there are penalties on certain breeds.
- Shredder– Last but far from least is the problem of identity theft. A burglar takes/destroys your things while an identity thief steals you. A small investment in a paper shredder will be well worth it. Never, put any type of personal information in your trash when doing so you are placing another invitation, one that says it’s okay if you want to be me. This type theft can be devastating on so many levels. It can take years sometime to straighten out once it happens.
|Now’s the Time|
|The National Association of Realtors recently released their Pending Home Sales Index. It seems that we are at the highest level here in the United States, since April 2006.For the Southern Region of the United States that translates to around a 10.6% increase.
For Buyers there is a lot of competition for homes on the market, and with prices climbing – Now is the time to act.
As for Sellers, now is the time to sell considering the exceptional exposure to buyers & the supply of homes on the market unable to meet the demand.
Whether you are a Buyer or Seller now is the time to act.
All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Should independently verify.
Originally posted on Fit for Life:
By Wire News SAN DIEGO, Calif >> Obesity and diabetes are some the most controllable risk factors for cancer. These two diseases, common in…
Follow your nose and you may just find free food to be had in damp woods and shaded river banks in Britain. But get out there quick. This silky leaved wild herb – the darling of nature-inspired chefs at this time of year – won’t be around for much longer.
The pretty white star-shaped flowers are almost in bloom, signalling the near-end of spring’s really rather delicious stand-out wild herb. Growing prolifically in lush clumps of cool green, wild garlic is still growing up here in Scotland, although the longer the season stretches out the milder the aroma. I have been consistently gathering it throughout spring in the adjacent woods, as well as a nearby river, but if you have a farmer’s market you should still be able to get a bag or two for a pound or two. In the US, you probably call this ransoms, or bear garlic: same thing –…
View original post 426 more words