Security of your home should be your top priority. Whether you have some valuable things…
The safety and security of your home and family is one of your biggest priorities. Home invasions and burglaries can happen in even the safest neighborhoods, and it is important to take some steps to keep your home secure and give your family peace of mind. The good news is there are many things you can do to help.
Home Meetings and Safety Plan
Uncertainty is one of the greatest causes of fear. When an emergency strikes or your home is broken into, having a plan for what to do and who to call is extremely important. A good plan not only helps make you and your family feel more confident,it may also lessen the impact or damage of the emergency.
This means making a plan, practicing it routinely and ensuring that every member of the family knows what to do. A good plan will have contact information for emergency services, close friends and family or neighbors who can help. Keep this information posted near the phone and ensure it is programmed into contacts on cell phones. Also designate a safe meeting spot in the neighborhood or at a friend’s house in case something happens or family members get separated.
One of the best ways to prepare for a burglary or break-in is to practice what would happen. Use a good friend or family member, preferably someone you trust but who isn’t too familiar with your valuables. Have them go through your home and see what they can find and how long it takes. This gives you a great idea of what an actual burglar might be able to take. Use that information to move your valuables to a safer place or within a locked safe or cabinet.
It is also a good idea to practice what family members should do if a break-in happens while they are at home. It is easy to panic or freeze in such a situation, and practice will help everyone stay safe by making the right decisions.
Install a Home Security System
There is no doubt that alarm systems provide a feeling of security for you and your family. A good alarm system not only deters intruders but also reacts automatically by calling emergency services when the need arises. It also helps keep a home secure when nobody’s at home. Be sure to post signs indicating you have a security system installed. Make sure that everyone knows how to operate, arm and disarm the system and what codes are needed.
Use Lights and Timers
One great trick to deter break-ins is to hook lights and other electronics like TVs and radios up to timers. These devices simulate people being home by turning on and off lights and devices. Burglars are much less likely to enter a home they believe is occupied.
Pay Attention to Your Locks
Locks are the simplest and most obvious way to secure your home, but they may not be as effective as you assume. A lock actually represents the weakest part of a door or entranceway, so it’s important to be sure the lock is strong enough to hold up. All locks should include deadbolts and penetrate a good way into the door frame. The lock plate should be solid metal and tight. A door secured this way is very difficult to force without certain tools or equipment and will baffle most thieves. Also be sure that windows and sliding doors include durable locks that cannot be easily forced. They should preferably be secured with a wooden or metal bar.
Keeping your home and family safe means taking the right precautions and installing the right security measures. A secure home doesn’t have to be filled with expensive or fancy equipment, cameras or sensors. Every home and family should feel secure and can be on a modest budget.
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