1. Considering the amount of time we spend in our homes, there is not doubt to why we spend so much time worrying about the safety and security within our homes. An easy way to make your home feel safe is to lock your doors – if someone is scouting your home, they will see that you always use keys to enter.
2. Invest in an external motion sensor system to trigger a main external light to light up your front step, which is an easy to afford option – lights scare prowlers off. With that in mind, a few extra lights to illuminate your house can not only make the house a little safer, but also accent the house and any landscaping very nicely.
3. Investing in a basic home security system is worthwhile – if any exterior windows or doors are open ed while the system is active, sirens will sound and a signal will be sent to your alarm monitoring company. Of course, by the time the police arrive, it will be 15 minutes or more later, so the monthly fees for monitoring may not be worth it, but the siren that sounds is normally loud enough to alert everyone in the house, as well as several houses around. Most new houses include the wiring for a system as part of the standard build for the house, making it very easy to roll one out in the future.
4. Consider investing in a fire-proof and water-proof safe if you have a higher end need for safety and valuable assets to protect. Fire-proof is a necessity, since the biggest risk to a home is fire, and water-proof is a requirement, since water will be used to put out said fire – if you want to keep any irreplaceable documents, they need to be kept in a water-proof environment. Another option is to consider a safety deposit box at the bank.
5. Learn about your neighborhood, and if your home is in a neighborhood with a higher rate of crime, consider installing bars on any ground-accessible windows – they are a visible sign of physical security. Also, keep your curtains close on the main floor – they make it harder to see in if someone is trying to figure out if you have anything worth stealing.
6. Get to know your neighbors and all those residing in your street. They will be your partners in watching the activities in your neighborhood.
7. Organize a Street Watch Vigilante composed of neighbors as members. Be concerned and cooperate in watching activities on the neighborhood and reporting unusual or suspicious behavior to the police and the Street Watch security.
8. Exchange names, home and work telephone numbers among members. Prepare diagram of the neighborhood where you belong for easy identification of households in case an emergency or crime incident occurs. The diagram should contain the house number, telephone numbers and occupants’ names. The emergency and police telephone numbers should be included in the diagram.
9. Look after your neighbor’s house when he is away and ask him to look after yours. This includes collecting your mail, newspapers and other deliveries which would indicate at a glance that no one is home.
10. The safest home is one in a safe community. Be involved in your community – a strong community has a better chance of rejecting any negative criminal elements as well as supporting positive ones. Community programs like Neighborhood Watch encourage each member of a community to watch out for each other, and as a result, common crime in those neighborhoods is dramatically lower. Attend meetings called by your Street Watch Officers. Find out about the crime situation in your area and what you can do about them. Share information and experiences with your neighbors.
11. Get to know your police head and members of the police station in your area. Write down the station’s emergency hotline number in a place you can easily see in case you will need police advise or assistance. Use your police force – they are ready, willing and able to keep you, your family and your neighborhood safe and sound.
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