We all want to feel safe and secure in our homes. Even with criminals finding more ingenious ways to threaten that safety, there are still some basic things you can do to keep your home safe. Here are six of the best ways, combining good old fashioned common sense, and high tech solutions.
1. Keep Your Plans Off Social Media
One way that you can definitely increase your chances of being burgled is to post your holiday plans on Facebook. So, if you want to avoid arriving back home to a ransacked house and your valuables stolen, don’t post pics of you lying on the beach thousands of miles from where you live until you are already back home. And, whatever you do, keep holiday plans, day trips and announcements about social gatherings you’re due to attend off your social media accounts.
2. Keep Expensive Items Out of Sight
Many burglars are opportunistic. They walk past a residence, see a window open, and something worth stealing, and act on it. Quite often, it happens so quickly that you may not even notice anything’s been taken. So, don’t advertise that you have things worth stealing, and don’t leave your home with windows open.
3. Install a Burglar Alarm
60% of all burglaries happen when there is no one at home. If you have a clearly visible alarm, there is a good chance that the burglar will go somewhere else. If you don’t have an alarm system installed, the first you’re going to know about being burgled is when you arrive back home to find your belongings missing, which is never a pleasant experience.