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Safety Tips at Home: Measures to Deter Thieves
Residential security monitoring systems are good defenses against thieves. However, in the image of what is happening with the Internet and hackers, it is also advised not to “make things easier” for criminals. To this end, there is no sure-fire way to deter thieves, but many ways to prevent serious harm. Together, these measures and these precautions will increase the overall security level of a home. Let’s look at a few. Protection is a must It is important to show everyone that their home is protected. Warning signs, posters, stickers on the windows and any other sign or apparent safety device can help deter suspicious activity. Thieves always target the easiest places and dislike taking unnecessary risks. Besides, even if they dare take a chance, it is proven that burglars spend less time inside a residence (therefore less stolen property) when they know the home is protected by a security system. The indication that surveillance cameras are in operation is particularly effective as well. Get a dog (or, at least, pretend to) The old watchdog, together with classic posters “Attention: Vicious dog” still has its usefulness today. It barking will serve as a replacement alarm, and the possibility they can attack an intruder is something most thieves don’t want to experience. Please note that dogs can be trained to never accept unknown food (poisoned), which used to be a great way to get past defenses. As commonplace as it is, locking the doors and closing the windows before leaving the home is significantly effective. Thieves are generally opportunists; they jump at the opportunity as soon as it arises. Obviously, a garage door left open is a fantastic way of showing burglars they should walk right in and take what they want. Added security In terms of security, a “magic eye” (a peephole installed in the door) is preferable to a chain lock when you want to know who comes to the door. As for the windows, make sure that everything is fixed from the inside and cannot be opened. If there is a window AC unit, make sure it is firmly in place. In the basement, the windows should be fitted with bars that people cannot remove from the outside, but can easily be removed from the inside (in case of fire or any other emergency). Key management is important. If a homeowner loses their keys, it is crucial to replace all locks (exterior doors) quickly. It is prudent to do the same when buying a second-hand home. Moreover, the idea of hiding a key outside under the mat or in the mailbox is bad. Sooner or later, someone will eventually see it and then you open up the doors for an intruder, literally. It is better to entrust a reliable neighbor with an extra set of keys. Do not write anything on the key, no name, no address, no phone number and, at night, leave the keys on the bedroom nightstand. Window security is a must Windows can be an easy way to get into any property, however, having a reliable security monitoring system could help deter criminal activity. Many people opt for large windows or doors with large windows inside the, mainly because it gives off fantastic natural lighting and it is aesthetically pleasing. Keep in mind, however, these also provide thieves with a pleasant field of vision from the street. Therefore, people should never leave their valuables lying around in full view of passersby. In addition, it is wise to plant shrubs under windows, on the outside, and develop the land so that the foliage prevents remote trails. Choose shrubs with thorns, as this prevents prowlers from hiding inside them. Stop mail delivery when away If a homeowner is going to be away from a home for a number of days, it is important he or she stop the delivery of mail, newspapers, and magazines. Mail that accumulates outside the front door is a sign that no one is home. If there is a slot in the door (to receive mail), it is crucial to ensure the slot does not weaken the door. Low door slots are ideal because it does not allow a person to see inside the house. Obviously, a friend, family member, or a trusted neighbor should be responsible for picking up the mail. The important thing is that no one, except the person who is watching over the house, should know that you are not going to be there. If leaving your home for several weeks, it is best to not give away clues about your prolonged absence. In this regard, do not advertise on social networks that you will be away. With home automation, it is now possible to program interior and exterior lighting. Whether a person is absent or not, having different lights on at certain parts of the day can make a home seem like its full. Some lights will turn on and off automatically during normal business hours, while others will more randomly, but within logic, turn on at night. By leaving at least one car in the driveway, you will give the impression the residence is inhabited. Speaking of cars, from the viewpoint of anti-theft measures, it is a mistake to load up the car or SUV the night before leaving on vacation (unless the vehicle is in the garage). A car that spends the night full of suitcases is a clear signal to thieves, and that means you are welcoming intruders into your home. The best thing to do is load up before leaving in the morning, but remember to do so inside the garage.