Do you feel safe in your home? This is the perfect time to take steps to make your home more secure to provide peace of mind for ourselves and our families. No one wants their house robbed, valuables stolen, but we especially don’t want to be home if it happens. Many people live alone or may have to stay alone occasionally.
- A burglary takes place about every eighteen seconds in the United States. That adds up to nearly 200 per hour, and approximately 4,800 every day!
- Someone is home during nearly three out of every ten burglaries.
8 tips to stop an intruder from breaking into your house when you are at home.
Many of the most important tips seem like common sense and easy, but we can all be more careful when applying safety tips for our personal or family’s safety while in our homes.
Put a solid wood door in your bedroom with a lock. I know this would make me feel safer at night especially if I am home alone. It provides more protection and gives you extra time to call for help if you hear someone breaking in.
Keep the cell phone charged and IN YOUR ROOM. I know of people who don’t bring their cell phones into their bedroom, but it is an important safety measure for any emergency.
Leave a light on at night in a room. This gives the appearance that someone is still awake. Having a light on also makes it more difficult for an intruder to not be seen.
Draw the curtains! We live in a house with large windows in our family room. At night, we are totally in a fishbowl!. We can be seen easily but we can’t see if someone is outside looking in. This is especially important if you are home alone and want to feel safe.
Keep the area outside your house well-lit. Leave the outside lights on, or install a motion sensor. There are motion-sensors that are sold as part of home security system that lets you monitor your home with your smartphone.
Keep doors and windows locked and shut at night. This seems like common sense, but it is through open windows that intruders can easily enter your house.
Cut a wooden dowel so that it fits into the track on your sliding door when closed. This adds extra protection if the lock is picked or the is glass broken.
Burglars tend to avoid homes with a security system and the cost of installing one is totally worth your peace of mind.
In an upcoming blog, we will take a look at security systems and what is recommended for your home. I plan on addressing safety and security as a regular topic in hopes of keeping us all safer. Let me know if you used any of the tips for home safety and if you have other tips to add to the “list”.