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Guest Article – 7 Inexpensive Security Tips to Keep a Home Safe

7 Inexpensive Security Tips to Keep a Home SafeProtecting our families starts with keeping our homes protected. We seem to take precautions in so many other areas of our lives but our homes should be one of our main focuses in safety. When a home is invaded we lose our peace of mind and security. Adding some security to a home does not have to be expensive and many security measures can be put into place easily by the home owner. Here are a few tips to improve your home security.

1. Install a home security system.

Home security systems are a great way to keep any home safe. There are so many different types of systems available that will not cost customers an arm and a leg. These systems will sound off an alarm if someone is trying to forcefully enter the home. Families should shop around for the right system. The Covington ADT system may work for some families while another type of system might be right for another family.

2. Display Signs

Simply displaying a home security sign in the front yard or the window of your home is likely to deter burglars from your home. Intruders like to target homes that look easy to enter, if they see there is an obstacle they will look for a simpler target. Beware of dog signs are also useful. Burglars will not want to alert a potentially noisy dog.

3. Deadbolt

Pick up a deadbolt from Home Depot, Lowes, or any home improvement store. Install the deadbolt on the front and back door of the home. This will keep the two main access points to the home extra secure. With a deadbolt the lock cannot be picked and the door cannot be kicked in.

4. Look Occupied

Make your home look as if it is occupied at all times. Leave a porch light on, leave a light on within the home, and set the TV on a timer. When you leave the home, pretend to say goodbye to someone in the home, even if no one is there. This will give off the impression that the house is occupied. Again, potential burglars look for an easy target and are less likely to enter a home that is currently occupied.

5. Lock it up

Make sure that every access point to the home is closed and locked in the evening or during the day when the house is empty. Add more security to the weak access points of the home like broken windows or weak door frames.

6. Keep it Clean

Make sure to clean up the front lawn. Trim the bushes, mow the lawn, water the flowers, fix/ paint the fence, etc. Having a clean and well-kept front yard will also deter potential burglars. Overgrown yards give off the impression that the home is unoccupied or unattended. An unattended home is more likely to have easy access. Simply keeping the yard groomed is one of the easiest ways to secure a home.

7. Dispose discreetly

If you buy a new expensive item like a TV or camera, or have received an expensive present, dispose of the item’s box discreetly. Cut it up and put it into the bottom of the trash or take it to the recycle center yourself. Leaving an expensive TV box on the curb with the trash will immediately make any home a target. These boxes show that there are things of value within the home.

Even the smallest security efforts in the home could keep you and your family safe from a potential invasion. By utilizing a couple or all of these security tips will keep your home safe and leave you with peace of mind. Home security and the safety of your family are priceless.

 

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