Steps You Can Take to Secure Your Home Right Now
If you’re not concerned about a burglar targeting your home, you could be living with a false sense of security. According to FBI statistics, a burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the U.S. — that’s approximately 5,800 per day!
The good news is there are some basic home security steps you can implement to significantly lower your risk of becoming another victim of a break-in:
- Stage a fake burglary: Allow a trusted friend or relative who doesn’t live in your home to roam through it for 3-5 minutes and “steal” as many valuables as they can find. You might discover that the precious items you thought were well hidden would be easy prey for your friendly neighborhood burglar.
- Remove those hidden spare keys: You may think you’ve found the perfect hiding spot for that spare house key, but veteran burglars know all the tricks. By upgrading to “smart” locks, which you can control via your smartphone or tablet, you won’t need to worry about hiding keys or leaving them with your neighbor again.
- Install warning signs: A “Beware of Dog” sign will deter some intruders — even if you don’t own a canine. A “No Trespassing” sign can also work well. You can purchase these signs today at your local home improvement store.
- Get rid of hiding spots: When burglars see a home surrounded by shrubbery, they view it as an opportunity to have some cover for breaking in. Keeping your plantings trimmed will make your house less inviting to prospective thieves.
- Inspect window locks: Many homeowners go to great lengths to ensure they have the most reliable locks on their exterior doors, but they overlook another favorite burglar entry point — the windows. Check all window locks to make sure they’re functioning properly, and don’t forget to lock your windows when they’re closed.
- Don’t leave ladders outside: It might be more convenient to keep ladders outside your home, but it also makes it easier for burglars to gain access to second-floor windows. Store your ladders in the basement or garage when not in use.
- Secure the garage: Speaking of the garage, don’t forget to close and lock the garage door, even if you’re only leaving for a short time to run a few errands. An open garage door is an invitation to burglars to help themselves to your garage’s contents. They can also enter your home through the adjoining door.
- Request a police inspection: Depending on where you live, your local police department may be willing to send an officer to do a walk-through of your home to help you identify areas of vulnerability.
Contact Titan Alarm for a No-Obligation Consultation
If you reside in or around Phoenix or Tucson, AZ, Titan Alarm, Inc. will be happy to schedule a free in-home security consultation. We can also make an informed recommendation regarding your home security system options. Contact us to arrange a convenient time for your security check-up today!
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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.