Simple Ways to Secure Your Home - NEC Coop
Mar 9, 2022 — Electric Tips at Home, Electrical Safety, Resources
We’re sure that you’ll agree that decorating your home is more fun than setting up home security. However, in the United States alone, there are about 3 burglaries every minute. No one knows when a burglary will take place, and it is nearly impossible to burglar-proof your home completely. However, you can take some steps to increase your overall home security.
Here are some effective and simple ways to secure your home.
Turn your security system on
Having a home security system helps deter crime. Did you know that the majority of burglars specifically check if there is an alarm system in place?
To those who already have a security system, it might seem common sense to turn it on before you leave the house, but a lot of people forget to do this very important thing. Make it a habit to arm your security system each time you leave your home – even if you are only going to be away for 5-10 minutes. It is also a good idea to prominently show your home security system’s sign, as this may discourage criminals from breaking into your home.
Maintain your outdoor property
Burglars search for easy targets, and having your property look lived-in will make your home safer, as criminals will be less likely to target it. Show that you take pride in your stuff, and that your family is home. Also, burglars typically use overgrown trees and bushes for cover, so it is best to maintain your yard regularly.
Be conscious of the information you share
Criminals these days look into social media sites for people posting images of their out-of-town trips. Reduce your risk by not posting dates of your departure and return. Also, it’s best to postpone posting your photos until you return. This way, burglars will know about your wonderful vacation after you’re already back.
Throw the spare key
While it’s true that it can be frustrating to get locked out of your own home, hiding your spare key in any obvious place such as in the mailbox or under the front door mat can potentially lead to bigger issues. Give your spare key to your trusted family member or friend. The peace of mind and security you gain by taking this extra preventive measure will be all worth it.
When you think of security, it shouldn’t stop at a community level. Make your home a safer place with these simple ways to secure your home.
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“Burglary Statistics: The Hard Numbers,” Alarms.Org, https://www.alarms.org/burglary-statistics/
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