When we think of home safety tips, we think of the obvious: Have your lights on timers when you are away. Don’t let your mail or newspapers accumulate because they are a dead giveaway that you are not home. Yadda…yadda…yadda…
Well, this month I have some new and some old safety tips for securing your home (including the people and things in it) that you may not have thought about.
aug 22, 2017
“Keep shrubs below windows trimmed.”
✔️If you do not have a security system, you should definitely spend a few dollars and purchase security system decals for your windows from a security system company. Although these will probably not deter a seasoned burglar, they will effectively deter the novice.
✔️If you have side windows on each side of your front or back door, you should avoid placing your security system keypad in an area that can be seen through the windows. Why give burglars a straight view in, to see if the security system is on or off?
✔️Speaking of your nightstand again- always charge your phone at night, on your nightstand (not in the kitchen or home office). If you hear someone enter and need to call 911 in a hurry, you don’t want your phone in another part of the house.
✔️When changing the locks on your home, the cheapest is not always the safest. Choose reputable locksmiths that are bonded and insured. Unfortunately, some locksmiths are “shady” and will sell the key to your home and address to criminals for a mere few bucks.
“Set up a reminder to do a monthly walk-thru of your home and check all windows and doors are locked.”
Be sure to check out this article on household items you can use to defend yourself that are found in every room of your home.
✔️As a good habit, set up an auto-reminder on your computer or smart phone to go around your home and check all the locks on doors and windows once a month. This ensures that you haven’t left your home wide-open to be robbed by simply forgetting to lock a window or door after you have opened it.
✔️Do not hide your house key in the “usual places”. Burglars are all too familiar with looking under the flower pot, front door mat, or above the door for the house key. Instead, use a Stone Diversion Safe and place it in your garden. This will blend right in and be undetectable to a would-be thief.
✔️Keep a pepper spray or stun gun in your night stand. God forbid, someone enters while you are home- you need to protect yourself. Both of these non-lethal self-defense options are effective. However, keep in mind that an attacker has to get within arms reach of you for a stun gun to be used, while the Home Defense Trigger Pistol Pepper Gel can be used on an attacker from 20 feet away!If you use the “Home” programmable setting on your Garmin or GPS, do not set it to your exact address. Simply set it to a main intersection near your home. If your car happens to get broken into and your GPS device is stolen, you don’t want to give the burglars a second chance to rob you! If they have your GPS and your garage door opener, they can walk right in.
✔️Some burglars and attackers are brazen enough, to come right up and knock on your front door! They may present a business card as you look through your “peep hole” or transom windows. If you are not expecting this visitor, you should call the phone number on the business card before opening your door and verify that the name of the person on the business card is an employee of the company on the business card, and that they are there for an honest reason. A personal friend of mine’s, elderly parents were brutally attacked and robbed because they didn’t want to “be rude” to a man who appeared to be professional, yet in reality, was a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Taking these few simple and inexpensive precautions can be the difference between being a victim or not. The difference between life and death sometimes. My hope is that this article will bring awareness to each of it’s readers on how to protect themselves and their homes from being a victim of aggressive crime. Hopefully these “13 Safety Tips” will be Lucky 13 for each of our readers.
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