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How to Keep Your Home Safe: #1 Guide Online!

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Our homes are meant to be our sanctuaries; the places we can go to relax, unwind, and enjoy ourselves. Not only are they a place to call our own, but they also keep us safe and protected from the dangers of the outside world. For most of us, feeling safe is one of the top priorities when it comes to choosing a home. Any kind of uncertainties when it comes to protection should not be tolerated, especially in the place where you and your loved ones should feel their safest.

There are many things you can do to improve the safety of your home, ranging all the way from small at-home projects to investing in the latest technology. If you want to feel comfortable and secure in your home, consider this guide on how to keep your home safe.

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Lock All Windows and Doors

As one of the easiest, most budget-friendly options for home safety, this is easily one of the most forgotten. The most basic protection for your home starts with locking the windows and doors, even if you're just heading over to a neighbor's house down the block. It is especially important to lock windows and doors that are out of sight; chances are a burglar already knows where to go on your property for an easy entry.


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Close Blinds at Nighttime

If you have a home with a lot of windows, closing your blinds at night time is very important. This is because it is much easier for trespassers to see into your home at nighttime when it is lit up, and it's much harder for you to see anyone outside.

When your blinds are open at night, you give onlookers the ability to study your floor plan and to check if anyone is home. Not only does this tell them when to enter, but it also helps to save them time when they know exactly where they're going. To avoid this issue, consider installing some heavy blinds, or, at least, some sort of shade to skew the view from outside. This is also important for homeowners with ground-level apartments.


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Join a Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch

Joining or starting a neighborhood watch is a great way to create a foundation and sense of safety for everyone in your community. These groups generally have weekly or monthly meetings, where group members can voice their current concerns, make suggestions, and offer updates on the level of safety in the area. If you're just starting out, you might consider contacting your local sheriff's department to have a representative join you for your first meeting.

This can be a very informative and effective approach to home safety. Members will meet others in the group, learn how to report suspicious activity, learn observational tactics, and more. Neighborhoods that are filled with watch signs alert criminals that surrounding neighbors are likely on the lookout for suspicious activity, and they are likely informed whether the homeowners are away or not.


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Home Security Systems

If you want to keep your home safe, one of the best investments you can make is with a quality home security system. Nowadays, technology has allowed residential alarm systems to be much more advanced, giving homeowners much better peace of mind when theyÕre away.

With so many options available, homeowners can customize their security system to fit their needs and budget. Even if theyÕre away for weeks at a time, homeowners can use their mobile devices to monitor their home, view the home from different camera angles, and change the security system at any time. There is also the option to control other functions in the home remotely, including locks, lights, and temperature.

Even if youÕre at home, itÕs a good idea to set your alarm. There are alarm options available that will protect the home from intruders but which will allow movement within the home. While some homeowners may not see the reason for this, nearly 3 out of 10 burglaries occur when there is someone home during the invasion. This means that even when your lights are on and your car is in the driveway, some thieves will enter the home anyway. This is what makes it so important to set your alarm to a ŌstayĶ setting even when youÕre home.


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Do Frequent Checks Around the House

Be aware of the layout of your home and recognize weak points that could be of interest or help to thieves. For example, homes with an enclosed front porch make it easy for individuals to break into the main door unseen. ItÕs important to make sure that your front porch is easily visible from the street, and that your main door remains well-fortified.

You will also want to look out for signs that forced entry has occurred, such as chipped paint on the windows, broken glass, or footprints in the garden/snow. Overgrown bushes can also be a great blocking tool for intruders, so keeping your greenery trimmed can be of help as well.

Weak Points of Entrance for Thieves


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Keep Valuables Hidden

Regardless of whether you have all of the home safety features in the world, itÕs still important to keep your valuable hidden and out of sight. Things like personal belongings, jewelry, and money should be kept hidden away from prying eyes and from windows.

If youÕve recently invested in something very valuable, you should also take note to keep the evidence hidden. Put out the boxes on the morning of garbage day and try not to keep anything too close to windows or doors. Valuables that are hard to locate or remove will surely slow down burglars or halt them altogether.


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Strengthen Weak Entryways

If your doors have weakened frames, then it will be easier to create a forced entry. Avoid this by reinforcing your doors and adding extra locks if necessary. For those whose door opening is located beside a window, consider having the door flipped. This will deter burglars from breaking the window and reaching in to unlock the door.

For sliding doors, an easy DIY trick is to drop a wooden dowel or metal bars along the door frame. This will make is extremely hard for individuals to force the door open.

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Consider Getting a Pet

Getting a pet strictly for safety is not necessarily a good idea; if thatÕs the only reason you want a pet, then consider the other options listed. However, having animals can often discourage thieves more than entering a home without them. If you are in a good place to own a pet, and you can take care of it, an animal can certainly make you feel safer, and theyÕll often alarm you if something suspicious is happening.


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DonÕt Advertise YouÕre Going Away

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Not everything we post online is protected, and that includes statuses and photos about being away for long periods of time. If youÕre going on a trip or vacation that lasts more than a day, itÕs a good idea to leave that information out of your social media outlets.

Even if you want to post those photos of the beautiful beaches youÕre visiting, someone may use that as a signal that your home is empty. Opt to save the photos for posting once youÕre back home and you know your house is safe.


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Hire a House Sitter

If you have people in your family or tight circle that you can fully trust, you might consider asking them to stay at your home any time that youÕre away. This is a very easy way to keep your home safe, as this will deter burglars and will also keep your home in good running order.

If youÕd like, ask your house sitter or visitor to clean up the mail, keep some lights on, and even clear away snow if necessary. These kinds of tasks may cost more, but they can also be a sign to intruders that someone has been in the home recently, and that theyÕre likely coming back soon.


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Invest in Timed Lights

For homeowners who are often away during the evening, timed lights are a great way to create the illusion that someone is at home.
You can set timed lights to go off at certain periods throughout the home and place them near windows so that theyÕre in clear view. Change up their schedule every once in awhile, just to keep things different and so it does not become obvious that the lights are simply timed.

Another great investment is that of motion-sensored lights, which you can install all around the outside of the house. Any kind of sensed movement will cause the lights to brighten the surrounding area and, usually, stay on for a while after the first movement has been detected. These lights will often startle intruders and they are bright enough to light up areas that you might be worried about. These are great for backyards, garages, side doors, and walk-out basements.


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Keep Track of Your Possessions

If your home is the victim of a burglary, you may be able to claim all of the prized possessions that have been taken. To do this, make sure to take photos of all of your belongings, including jewelry, technology, tools, etc. that could be of interest for thieves.

This way, when it comes time to claim your missing objects, you can prove what has been taken and receive replacements for some, if not all, of your stolen possessions.


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Get Creative

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Many burglars tend to head toward the master bedroom first, in hopes of finding a safe, jewelry, and other valuables. If you have possessions you do not want to be found, try to get creative with your hiding spots around the house. As long as you can remember where they are, this will be a great tactic to slow down robbers or make them think that you have nothing of value to offer.

Depending on your home, you might have the option to hide valuables in the basement or attic, in floorboards, and in bookcases. There are lots of creative items for hiding valuables that burglars would totally overlook, such as cleaning products or pantry items. Fill these with cash, jewelry, passports, and other valuables that wonÕt interest thieves at all.


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Lock Outdoor Storage

Secure Your Outdoor Storage

Garages, sheds, and extra storage are often exposed to burglary simply because theyÕre easier to access and often detached from the home. To keep your home safe, itÕs a good idea to go over all of the entry points in these buildings, including windows and doors.

Make sure your garage door is in working order, and that it closes properly. Any windows that are hidden from street view should be checked for proper functioning, as well as those on sheds and storage buildings. If you have a detached garage, itÕs a good idea to install motion lights around the building and strong locks that canÕt be easily broken.

Even though these areas may not hold your move prized possessions, things like car parts, tools, and summer gear may catch the eyes of robbers. If you can, always keep these doors closed when youÕre not nearby, to deter passersby from getting an idea of what is inside.


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Check Your Coverage

Home insurance is very important to protecting your home from theft, damage, and loss. You will need to go over all of the various options available to decide which one is best for you and which one provides the best coverage at the best value.


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Conclusion

The places we call home are meant to keep us safe and protected from the outside world. We take care of them, we make them our own, and we want to keep them that way! Unfortunately, many people experience theft every year, and the feeling of uncertainty often follows.

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If you want to protect your home and all of the people and possessions within it, consider using some or all of these tips suggested. This guide is meant to help keep everyone and everything safe in your home, and many of the ideas are budget-friendly and easy to complete quickly. Even if you gradually complete this list, youÕre sure to give your home a better chance of keeping any unwanted company out.

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