Ideas and suggestions to
keep your home safe from burglars.
For obvious reasons burglars prefer
to enter unoccupied homes. One way to reduce the chances of being a
victim is to make the home appear occupied at all times. Automatic
timers are a popular way to have lights, radio and or a tv turn on and
off as if someone were at home. Timers are inexpensive and some are even
programmable so the light goes on and off at different times each day.
In addition, when timing a radio or tv turn up the volume so it can be
heard outside. Another good idea is to have your telephone calls
forwarded anytime your not at home. This way if a burglar calls to check
if someone is home, the phone will be answered. When at home always park
your cars in the garage and close the garage door. Thieves will take
note of patterns and may notice if you always leave the garage door open
or park in the driveway when at home. Thieves would realize that when
the door is shut and the car is not in the driveway you are not home.
This is practically an invitation to the burglar. When away for more
than a day, have a neighbor pick up the mail and newspapers. If on
vacation also arrange to have the grass mowed or snow shoveled. Timers
are also available that will open and close window shades. Their are
even barking dog noisemakers that operate from motion sensors. Although
not as effective as a full high tech security system, a friend told me
that his scares the mailman almost every day!
Keep Valuables Out of Sight
Any valuables that can be seen through a window invite unwanted
attention. Items such as computers, laptops, pocket books, cell phones
or keys should be placed so they are not easily viewed from the homeís
exterior. Another way of not letting the crooks know what valuables you
have is to keep track of your garbage. For example, if you just bought a
brand new wide screen television or stereo system don't just put the
empty boxes out on garbage disposal night. Itís better to break up the
boxes and place them inside garbage bags. While on the subject, keep in
mind that thieves can gain a lot of information from the trash. All
credit card information, bank statements, checks etc. should be shredded
before being thrown out.
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