Self-Test | How Safe is Your Property?
When you own a home there are a variety of factors to look into in order to make certain you are safe. Being aware of what type of environment you live in will help you understand your own vulnerability, and what you need to do in order to increase security.
How to Protect Yourself
Inspect your house. Are locks sturdy? If they are loose and old, replace them. Contact a local locksmith if you need to, or replace the lock yourself, but don’t lag and put it off. If your lock lacks strength, so will your door. Robbers, more often than not, kick open doors.
Do your windows need replacement? Contact a window repair specialist. If windows are too thin they can be easily shattered. Windows are all prone to cracks, so check them often. Buy curtains for windows to protect your privacy.
If you’re a technological person, double check your alarm systems. Whether they are house security systems, security cameras, or fire alarms etc., be sure that they are working at all times.
If you live in an area where natural disasters like, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes etc. can happen at any time or during specific seasons, know where to go. Evaluate the structure of your home; know who built your house – whether an architect, carpenter, or engineer did and be informed about the shape of your home.
Use automatic light timers throughout your home. Install them at your garage, front, and back doors. Lights will surprise robbers when they’re approaching your home.
Get rid of any places that burglars can use to hide, and never advertise that you’re away from home. If mail begins to pile up outside your door, have a friend or neighbor pick them up for you.
A smart trick is pretend you’re saying goodbye to someone when you’re leaving your house, so if someone is waiting to break-in it will less likely happen.
Never leave doors unlocked. Even if it requires the least effort, do all you can to keep your property safe from unwanted intrusion. Use sly tricks, plan ahead of time, and think about socializing with your neighbors.