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Simple Tips To Keep Your Home Safe and Secure

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Did you know that more than two million homes are burglarized in the United States each year? According to the FBI, a burglary happens every 16 seconds in the U.S.  The summer months of July and August have the most burglaries with February having the fewest crimes. Burglars are often looking for items that are small, expensive, and can easily be converted to cash. Your home is likely one of your most valuable possessions; a place you want to feel safe and secure from the potential dangers of the outside world. Most homes have weak points, and seasoned thieves are pretty good at finding them. Burglars usually seek out easy targets, and will move on if the job appears too difficult. Implementing these basic practices around your home is the first step to creating a secure environment for your family.

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Manage visibility. Many thieves will case a target to pinpoint vulnerabilities. Burglars usually avoid well-lit homes, and installing floodlights with motion sensors attached will deter unwanted visitors. Make sure every entrance on your property is lit. Even if all you have is a porch light with a switch, use it. Outdoor security lights present more risk to a potential intruder. Schedule outdoor lights to be on in the evening, regardless of whether someone is home. That way, it’ll be harder to determine whether you’re on a trip or just working late. Protect the wiring to your lights to prevent them from being tampered with or disabled. Bury your wires underground if possible, or use electrical conduit. If wires are visible, they can be snipped or cut. It’s good practice to minimize the appearance of vacancy inside the house as well. A high risk of detection may be all it takes to motivate a burglar to choose an easier target. Establish a routine and stick with it. 

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Reinforce your doors and windows. The exterior doors to your home should have dead bolt locks that are at least 1 inch thick. Although these dead bolts can be more expensive than spring latch locks, they are much stronger and provide a higher level of security protection. A determined intruder can open most standard doors with a couple of kicks or body blows. Even if your door has a dead bolt, these blows can shatter doorjambs and split the door itself. Installing longer strike plate screws that anchor into the stud behind the jamb can greatly increase the strength of your doorjamb. Protect your patio doors, sliding glass doors and sliding windows by placing a metal bar along the bottom track of the door or window. A simple metal bar will protect these points of entry from being forced open by an intruder.

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Invest in a monitored alarm system. An alarm is mostly an after-the-fact security measure. It’s about peace of mind; if someone attempts to break in, help will be on the way quickly. The best way to ensure an alarm really protects your home and family is making sure that criminals know you have an alarm before they target you. That means displaying the yard sign and window decals that say your house is protected by a home security system prominently outside the house. Regularly check to make sure the sign is visible. Burglars will generally bypass properties with visible alarm signs and go to another property that doesn’t have one.

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Don’t Advertise. Lots of people share their vacation plans and post travel photos on social media without even considering how many people are viewing it. Would you announce to a group of total strangers that your home will be vacant during the holidays? Burglars also look at clues provided by your trash or recycling, which can indicate that there’s a new computer or flat-screen television in your home. Thieves also look for and steal packages left on your front porch, so consider requiring a signature for delivery.

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Keep safety in mind while you’re landscaping. Walk around your property and look for areas that could be potential hiding spots for burglars. Clear away any overgrown areas. If you have large bushes or shrubs around your home, especially near ground level windows or doors, these can provide the perfect cover for thieves. Cut back tree limbs that hang over the roof, and remove any lower branches from trees next to the home. Also, if you’re going to be away for a while, designate someone to keep your yard maintained and lawn mowed.

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Don’t hide keys on your property. Hiding your house keys in an obvious place might reduce the inconvenience if you find yourself locked out or need a friend to water your plants while you’re gone, but this greatly increases the chances that you’ll find yourself in the extremely inconvenient position of having your home burglarized. The best practice is to not hide extra keys anywhere on your property. The safest place possible for a spare key is with a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member. If you lock yourself out often, you may want to consider investing in a bluetooth smart lock for your door.

 

These are all some fairly low-tech ways to secure your home; you can take the hi-tech approach and invest in some home automation products that will make your home smarter than you are! Head over to Top Reveal’s insightful blog post to learn more about smart home technology.

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By | 2017-08-09T17:41:21+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Security|17 Comments

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  1. Tobias Armstrong April 19, 2016 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    I had never really thought about what you could do to protect against intrusions when it comes to landscaping. Usually, the only things I think about are having high security doors and window. Now that you mention it though, it makes a lot of sense that you’d be able to make a difference in how you keep your lawn and yard. Thanks for sharing!

    • Smart Armor June 7, 2016 at 11:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the feedback. Stick around and we will continue to bring more tips like this.

  2. April Cook May 21, 2016 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    I’m buying a new home this summer, and I am looking for ways to make it more secure. I really like your tip to reinforce doors and windows. I’m thinking of getting security doors for added protection. I also like your tip to keep safety in mind while landscaping. I’ll make sure to remember that while i’m looking at houses. Thanks for the information!

  3. Charles Kemp June 6, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    I like what you had to say about reinforcing your doors and windows. One way you can do that is through security screens. They are really good with being in front of the door and preventing people from getting in. I know it would be really nice to have something to prevent from people trying to get through the door.

  4. emily bennette June 24, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    This is some really good information about how to secure yours home. I like what you said about you should reinforce your doors. It seems like it might be a good idea to look into a security door. That seems like it would be a great feature to have for your home.

  5. Kendall Ryder August 2, 2016 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    I think it is a really good idea to have deadbolts on your doors. And, it is a good idea to keep the house always locked. I grew up in a small town where we never locked our doors. I made the mistake of not locking my door in my new city and got broken in to!

  6. Kenneth Gladman August 29, 2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    We just moved into a new neighborhood and I don’t know what the neighborhood is like. I appreciate these tips though. We have a few sliding doors and I feel like these are the most insecure points of entry.

  7. Kody Loveless August 31, 2016 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing. I feel like it is a great idea to help keep my house safer. I am going to put a security screen on my front door so I can leave it open on nice fall nights. I also really like the advice about not putting plants that people can hide behind on my yard. It would only make it easier for them to break in that way.

  8. Sarah Smith September 8, 2016 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    My family just moved to a new place and want to make it more secure. Thanks for the advice about reinforcing your door. Another thing to do is to replace your wooden doors with a metal door.

  9. emily bennette September 23, 2016 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Investing in a security system does seem like a smart thing to do. Also, it would be smart to get a good safe for your home. That way, if someone if someone breaks into your home, they can’t get your valuables.

  10. Luke Yancey September 30, 2016 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    One of your tips that I’ve never really thought about had to do with managing your landscaping so no trespassers could have an easy route of hiding around your home. Along with your tip about reinforcing your door, I would also like to add that it is a good idea to pick a screen door with extra security. While some screen doors are flimsy, there are others that offer a wide range of protection. Adding this to the protection of your normal door gives you much more security.

  11. Johnny McCarron November 17, 2016 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    I really like your advice to invest in a security system. I think that a lot of people don’t recognize the possibility of needing something like that in their home. However, it really can make a difference when you are trying to keep your home secure. Do you have any other tips about keeping your home secure?

  12. Danni Black December 5, 2016 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    My husband and I recently had our home broken into so we are going to be replacing our keys and locks pretty soon. I think that your tip about installing a security system is something that we are going to have to look into. Hopefully, that will help to keep our home safe in the future, thanks for sharing!

  13. Jenna Hunter December 8, 2016 at 12:37 am - Reply

    It was interesting to find out that more than two million homes are burglarized each year in the United States. The locks on my house are pretty old and it seems like anyone could break in, with the home being old and all. At some point, I will need to replace my house locks with something a little more durable.

  14. Danni Black December 21, 2016 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    I really like your tip about investing in a security system when it comes to keeping your home safe. We have been thinking about getting some security cameras installed because of some robberies that have occurred in the last few months in our neighborhood. We will have to keep these tips in mind, thank you for sharing!

  15. Cindy Tesler December 21, 2016 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    I had no idea that more than 2 million homes are burglarized in the US every year. You also said that a burglary happens every 16 seconds in the US. I think it’s important to choose a security door that has sensors on it so that if someone is trying to tamper with it, it will send you a signal.

  16. Xavier Salas January 25, 2017 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    I think installing a safe is a really smart idea! Thank you for posting this article — I learned a lot. You can never be too protected and I think getting a safe to store all of your really valuable things would be something that I might invest in in the future. Any tips of where to go to get one? Thanks again!

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