Becoming More Security Conscious: Common Sense Tips for Your Home

By Jack | Tips And Tricks

Nov 24

Becoming More Security Conscious: Common Sense Tips for Your Home

You would be very surprised at the amount of people who don’t take security seriously, they will head to town without locking their front doors, or venture abroad leaving an upper window ajar. These days doing something like that could cost you much more than you thought, all for the sack of a simple twist and lock motion with a key to safe-guard your home.

Everyone should be more security conscious in order to put potential thieves off from targeting your home and luckily for you we are going to hit you with a few nifty tips and tricks that will play a fundamental role in keeping the bad guys at bay, and your home and everything inside it safe.

Shut, Lock, and Secure Every External Entrance

When you think of shutting and locking entrances to the house you think of downstairs doors and windows, but don’t forget to close and lock your upstairs windows and your garage doors as well. Any kind of entrance that has been left unlock is an opportunity for a burglar to enter your home, no matter how small that bathroom window is 20 feet off the ground.

Thieves, you have to remember are out for one thing and they will do anything in their power not to come away from your home empty handed.

Shut, Lock, and Secure Every External Entrance

You should also think about locking the internal door that leads from your garage to the rest of the house, even though this is an internal door, the garage is classed as an eternal building and it someone can get into that then they are going to easily get into the rest of your house (where your car keys might be lying around as well!).

Get a Plug Timer

These come in analogue and digital forms, and cost under $10. If you haven’t seen them before then that’s probably because they are still a very new concept that not many homes have joined onto. The great thing about a plug-in timer is that they can control when certain objects turn on in your home such as your living room lamp. This then gives the impression that someone is occupying the home because the light may be set to turn on at 7:08pm and then turned off at 11:01pm, despite no one actually being at home.

For less than $10 these plug-in timers can save you a lot of heart-ache, and as we said you can use it with anything that plugs into your mains socket, so anything with a plug that you want to set on a timer.

Cancel Any Services if you are Away

Cancel Any Services if you are Away

Whether it’s a family vacation, a few nights at a local spa or a Christmas trip to another area in the country then you need to make sure that you don’t give thieves the most obvious sign that no one is home. That sign is a full mailbox, and this is the primary sign that the residence in question has no one in it.

Thieves just need this one sign to know what’s going on, and then they can make quick plans to look for an entrance route into your home.

You can save a lot of time and hassle if you just make one call and cancel any regular services that you currently have. Or if you forget to cancel them and you get on with your neighbors then ask them to remove the mail and keep it at their house until you are back from your vacation. This then leads us nicely onto our next tip for you…

Install a Home Security System

Making Friends with your Neighbors

One of the best things you can do is become friendly with at least one of your neighbors because this is when you can return the favour for them later on down the line. Becoming friends with a neighbour then sets you up in a position where you can ask them to either house sit for you, or to regularly check in on your house to make sure everything is normal.

You can also leave your neighbour with an emergency contact number should anything happen.

Install a Home Security System

Install a Home Security System

Finally, if you have the budget to do so you should really think about installing a home security system which can monitor your home during all hours of the day and night through audio and visual technology.

Also, by having one of these systems setup on your house you will instantly put thieves off, because a recent study found that a huge 84% of criminals wouldn’t even go near a house that had home security systems in place, so straight away you can see the benefit to these systems. Not to mention that the house insurance premiums you pay will ultimately go down because of this feature.