7 Home Security Tips You May Not Have Considered

Dated: 01/17/2017

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Your home is to be your sanctuary, a place of comfort and stability.  Your home is a safe haven where you and the ones you love most feel at ease. If your home is under-protected or you've had a recent burglary, this may compromise the security you feel in your own home.


According to a report published by the FBI on September 26, 2016, in 2015 “property crimes have had a 3.4% decrease.  


While that number reflects some encouraging news, we all still want to know that we are safe and secure in our homes.  Implementing a few simple home security tips can help in protecting your belongings, maintaining a sense of peace and ward off the bad guys.  


Let’s think “outside the box” or house shall we say.  Review these following tips and then take a walk around your property with a critical eye to see what changes you can make:


1. Don't provide a hiding place: Trim trees and bushes that may give someone a place to hide or unnoticeable access to your windows. You should trim back any shrubs that are high enough to block a window.

You will also want to consider the lighting of your property. Look for places around the exterior of your home that are dark and may allow a thief access to your home under the cover of darkness. Consider installing lights in various places that can light up entrances. Motion detection lights are the best option to conserve energy and not annoy your neighbors or yourself with the bright lights.


2. Don't Broadcast Your Upcoming Trip: If you are planning to go on vacation, never announce it beforehand. We are a society that likes to share, and thieves love that about us. Sending a tweet that you've arrived at the airport or posting a status update on Facebook indicating that you can't wait to leave for your cruise is a great way to alert thieves that your home is empty. Wait until you get home to post/tweet/share…it will also be a fun way to remember your trip.  You can do a free “vacation mail hold” ether at the local Post Office or online.  In addition, consider having a trusted neighbor or friend stop by your property to collect any newspapers or flyers that are left.  Nothing says your away from home than a stack of blue newspaper bags in the driveway and a plethora of flyers hanging on your front door.  

Even if you are not on vacation but are often out after dark, you can get inexpensive timers to place in outlets close to a lamp that will turn on at a certain time.  Bad guys are like vampires…they hate the light. 


3. Install a home alarm system: While an alarm may not keep burglars from getting inside your home, it will deter some and bring the police to your home quickly, limiting what a thief is able to take. Home security systems will only work if you always remember to engage the alarm. You should have your alarm engaged while you are away or while you are at home as many thieves will attempt to break into one part of your home while you are busy in another. Also, some insurance companies may lower your home insurance premiums for having a home alarm system installed.  Check with your insurance provider to see if you qualify.


4. Take precautions to protect windows: If you are purchasing new windows for your home, it might be worth the upgrade to buy shatterproof glass. This would prevent anyone from breaking a window to gain access to your home. If new windows aren't in the budget, consider adding a security film to windows. This will prevent the glass from shattering upon breaking and may deter thieves from continuing their attempt to break in.


5. Secure sliding glass doors: Sliding glass doors have incredibly flimsy locks. A thief can easily pop them in an instant (trust me, I had to do it once), giving quick access to your home. Installing a security bar for sliding doors would make gaining access to your home more difficult. This measure of protection is a must-have for all sliding doors and windows.


6. Always lock doors and windows: Keep windows locked when you are not home, when you go to bed at night and when they are not in use. If you like to sleep with a window open at night, install window locks that only allow the window to open a few inches.

You should also keep your garage door down, even during the day. Having the garage door open invites thieves inside to look around (not to mention an invite to critters).  It gives them quick, easy access inside your home. Even if they can't take something at the time, they can get enough of a look to see if your home is worth a visit later.


7. Change the locks as necessary: If you've just purchased a home from someone, your first order of business should be to meet the locksmith at your new home. You have no idea who is out there with a key just waiting for the moment to use it. In addition, if you've had a breakup recently, it is time to change the locks. The person may give you the key back, but you have no idea how many copies are out there. Having the locks changed is good for the peace of mind.


Keeping your family, your belongings and your home safe and secure does not involve a lot of money. A few simple changes such as the home security tips mentioned above can protect everyone and everything for years to come.


Amy L Jackson | REALTOR® ABR, CDPE, MRP, PMN - let my experience as a real estate professional and investor guide you through a smooth and enjoyable transaction.  I stay on top of market trends and technology so that I can provide my clients with the highest level of service, skills, security and integrity.  Contact me at 720-231-4118 or Amy@EXITRealtyDTC.com

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