One of the more enlightening experiences a home owner can have is getting involved with their local Police neighborhood watch. I personally guarantee that attending just a few of these community meetings will not only increase your awareness of local crime, but will shock you into taking immediate action to better protect your family.
The good news is that simple home security measures can be implemented easily and quickly, without draining your finances. The list below details measures recommended by the police. You probably already practice some of these ideas, and others may be new to you.
Lock Windows And Doors
This seems like common sense - lock out the bad guys. You want to make it difficult for people to access your belongings. It’s expensive and time-consuming replacing your possessions. Plus, an open door crime is considered larceny, whereas locked-home crime is burglary or breaking and entering. You’re insurance company is not likely to be very understanding in the case of larceny.
This also applies to the time when you are at home. Bold criminals will enter your premises even when you are home, and crime against the person is significantly more damaging than any property theft or damage.
Install A Home Security System – And Use It
Monitored security systems are very popular, like the SimpliSafe Wireless Home Security system. These involve installation of sensors on home entry points, motion sensors, alarms, and a direct link to a third-party security company. Prices vary widely, so be sure to shop around. However, even the best systems won’t protect you if they are not activated. Sure, it takes a few extra seconds to arm the system, and you may think it’s not worth it for that short trip. But, you need to make it part of your routine. Again, make it as difficult as possible to allow easy access to your home. Layer your security by activating your system every time you leave your house.
Keep Entrances Well Lit
A brightly lit home entry deters criminals. Don’t give them the opportunity to work in the privacy of darkness. Bright lights create doubt that they may be witnessed committing crime. Motion sensitive lights are a good application for this purpose, as are lights on a timer. To further minimize lighting costs, consider installing LED’s. Also, keep the garden well-trimmed to avoid providing hiding places.
Repair technicians and salespeople are only to be given access to your home when you feel comfortable. Don’t be afraid to ask for identification, and then don’t hesitate to block those that can’t satisfy this simple request.
Never Indicate That You Are Home Alone
Controlling the information that you broadcast to outsiders is key to preserving your security. An empty house or an isolated lone person is an easier target than a household full of people. Creatures in nature use camouflage all the time to elude predators, we can use similar tactics of deception to prevent others from knowing you are home alone. Parking two vehicles on the driveway for example.
Get To Know Your Neighbors
Networking is possibly your best tool for combating crime. In fact, neighborhood watch is a formalized system of getting to know your neighbors. Get outside, say hello, exchange contact information. If you see some strange people hanging around, call your neighbor and let them know. It could be their family from out-of-town, or it could be people up to no good. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by simply sharing information.
Have The Police Do A Security Check Of Your Home
Most police departments will offer free home security consultations. They will be able to point out what you are doing right, and areas where your home security could be improved.
Clearly, these measures are not overly complicated and can be implemented with very little financial cost. If you and your neighbors work towards improving basic security, chances are that crime will decrease in your neighborhood and make it a better place for everyone.