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What You Should Know About Home Security Safety
Whether you live in a rural or urban setting, every home is a potential target for burglars. The best defense against burglary is active, monitored, prevention. With a little bit of planning you can help make your home an unappealing target for burglars.
The average burglar spends less than five minutes trying to break into a home. This underscores the need for people to increase their homes' defenses.
The more difficult it is to break into your home, the more burglars are discouraged, which helps to deter them from your property.
Home Safety Precautions:
- Make sure all hedges and shrubs are trimmed and not covering windows.
Overgrown bushes and trees close to your house can be good hiding places and also are an indication that you may be away from home. However, thorny bushes beneath windows can be a deterrent.
- Keep areas in and around the home well lit.
A dark property is more attractive to burglars - most will choose not to enter a house that is well lit. Consider installing motion sensor lights outdoors and putting indoor lights on a timer. Also, install lights on other outdoor buildings, such as sheds or garages.
- Always lock all windows and doors when you leave home.
According to the Burglary Prevention Council, most home burglaries occur during the day, when people are away at work or school. Practice and remind your family to always close and lock all doors and windows when leaving the house unattended.
- Never hide keys around the exterior of your home.
Thieves look in mailboxes, under doormats and above doorways for keys. Do not make it easy for them to get into your home. If you will be out of town on vacation, leave emergency house keys with a trusted neighbor or consider a lock box if you must leave keys outside.
- Never put your name on your mailbox or record your name on your answering machine.
Thieves look for any information they can find to gain easier access. Only put the house number on your mailbox and door and say you are "unavailable to answer the phone" on the answering machine without stating your name. By turning down your phone ringer, thieves will not hear calls go unanswered - a sign no one is home.