Quick tips for securing your home
Protecting your home can be an arduous task. There are many things to consider and you may have a lot of questions. Luckily our friends over at Redfin have asked some of the top experts in the industry to answer the most pressing questions regarding home security. You can find out what they said by going to https://www.redfin.com/blog/2019/02/home-security-questions-answered.html In addition to this great resource we have put together a few tips below to help you better secure your home.
Criminal usually do not want to be seen. As a result, homes are usually broken into from areas that are dark and secluded. Homes with a lot of trees are bushes that block the view of entrances are great targets for thieves. As this provides them with an entry point where they are less likely to be seen. If your home has areas that are secluded you may want to consider installing a security light and a clearly visible security camera. The light will make the area more visible and the security camera will deter any would-be criminals as they will likely not want to be captured on camera. You may also consider trimming bushes and trees to open up the area.
KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS
One of the best ways to keep help ensure the security of your home is to have more people keeping an eye on it. This is especially useful when you are away from home for extended periods of time. Consider starting a neighborhood watch program or simply talk to your neighbor and ask if they can keep an eye out while you are away. A neighbor may be able to contact the police long before you even know something is missing.
Many thefts are crimes of opportunity. A potential criminal may not be actively scouting for something to steal. However, if they happen to pass a home with valuables in plain sight and easy to access them they are much more likely to take those items or return later to break in. Leaving things like bicycles, lawn mowers and other valuables in plain sight signals to a thief that you may have more valuable items inside and they likely are not secured. Always keep these items stored inside your garage or shed. Or at least try to keep them out of sight. This will decrease the chances of being an easy target.