Where is the safest place you can go? Most people would say their home, and that’s how it should be. Your home should be a place where you and your family can go to feel comfortable and safe, and what better time to make your home a safer place than during National Safety Month? Here are 10 tips to help make your home feel safer.
- Think about how you would enter your home if you were a burglar. Sometimes it helps to think outside of the box, and when you put yourself in a burglar’s shoes you are able to see things you would not normally see. Maybe your windows are too accessible or other entries into your home are too obvious.
- Simulate a presence in your home. Set light timers so that different lights will turn on at different times. Make sure to alternate times and not make them too consistent — burglars also look for unusual patterns, and it seems odd when someone turns the light on in the kitchen at exactly 6pm every single day.
- Get into the habit of always locking your doors. Whether you are going out of town for multiple days, or you’re just heading to the store for groceries. The easiest way for an unwanted person to enter your home is through the front door.
- Get to know your neighbors. When you are in good standing with your neighbors, they are more likely to watch out for you and pay attention to anything suspicious. If you see something abnormal going on at your neighbor’s, give them a call to make sure that everything is ok. Try starting a neighborhood watch Facebook page, or get together monthly for a neighborhood watch program.
- Make sure that your door frames and locks are strong. Consider getting a door reinforcement plate. They take under an hour to install, and it makes it much harder for intruders to break down your door.
- Have the post office hold your mail when you go out of town. An overloaded mailbox is a red flag to burglars that no one is currently in that home, which makes your home an easier target.
- Buy outdoor timer lights, or sensors. These illuminate in the dark which make it easier to spot anything that shouldn’t be there. Sensor lights are especially helpful since you know someone may be lurking once they turn on. It also lets unwanted people know that you may be alert that they are out there.
- Keep your front yard trimmed and clean. Similar to overloaded mailboxes, an untidy yard makes intruders feel like someone is not home.
- Do not leave packages and boxes on the curb. If you order packages online make sure you are aware of an arrival date. That way it will not have to be sitting outside for too long after it’s delivered. This will help you make sure that no one steals your packages.
- Consult with security experts, like us at NorthStar. We’re here to help you, and it is our job to make sure that your home is the safest it can be. We know what to look for, and what can be improved.
If you need help securing your home and keeping your family safe, head to our website today and get in contact with us: http://www.northstarhome.com/.