Friday, December 19, 2014

Home Security Checklist - How Secure Are You?

How secure is your home? Do you know how to ensure the safety of your belongings and family? Of course, one can never be 100% certain when it comes to such matters, but there are a lot of things every homeowner should keep in mind. In some previous article I pointed out that home burglaries are happening more often than we might think. In fact, every 14 seconds a home in the USA is broken-into and the homeowner will lose roughly $3,000 when you consider the retail prices of all of the stolen products. This article will try to prepare you and teach you what you need to do in order to secure your home.

Home Security Checklist

Basic Outdoor Safety Measures

  • All shrubs, trees and buses must be trimmed so that the view of your home is not blocked from the street. There should also be no vegetation that is tall enough for a burglar to hide.
  • You should make sure there is no shelter around your home or garage that the burglar could use to hide. Adding some light sources that will shine through the evening is extremely important.
  • Your front, back and garage door should have a small light lamp that shines brightly during the evening. LED lights are a great solution for this.
  • Another great idea is to use a photocell or motion-sensitive lighting system to make sure there some light sources inside of the house that will switch on/off. These lighting sources should be clearly visible from the outside as to give an illusion that someone is awake and inside.
  • Your homes number should clearly be visible so that government services can easily locate you and provide assistance.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked properly.
  • If you have a larger yard and the financial resources and the time to invest, then getting a dog is also a good idea. You dont have to get scary/dangerous dogs, but at least try and get one that is a bit larger and known for its energy. A German Sheppard, for example, is well-known for being a great watchdog, a family-safe companion and a very cute dog

Organizing a Strong Defense

Every do-it-yourself home security system should include a loud and effective alarm system. Professional companies have a brilliant system - they detect burglars, notify you to make sure you didn't trigger the alarm, and then, if something seems very wrong, proceed to call the police. Of course, this professional service costs a lot and not everyone can afford it. However, there are still a lot of alternatives for you to consider and check-out! 

Let us see some awesome devices that you can find under $100 each to start building your homes defense plan.

The list:

  • Basic security alarms are quite inexpensive. They can be triggered by motion, body heat or vibration (when a door or window is opened/broken) depending on the model and purpose. It is a good idea to have one of these as the loud alarm the device produces might scare burglars away or at least make their stay a lot shorter. Additionally, it can alert people of the trouble at hand so that they can react.
  • Dummy cameras cost under $50 are a great solution not just for homeowners, but for small businesses as well! They also make your company look a lot more reliable and professional to clients.
  • Window shutter/bars/closers are a bit more expensive admittedly, but there are always a lot of affordable options out there. These devices will certainly help you prevent burglars from braking into your home via your ground floor windows. Just make sure to roll them down or else they are useless!

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