How to keep your home safe from burglars


Keeping your home safe for the holidays, should be the no.1 priority of every house owner, especially now that the holiday season is in full bloom. It’s a true fact that a house left empty while its owners are traveling can be a target for burglars. That’s why it’s very important that you take extra measures to keep your house and belongings safe while you are away.


It’s no fun or easy to know that a stranger has been in your home, gone through your stuff and also taken some of it and that’s why it’s important to make sure your home is secure, the harder you make it for them to get in, the sooner they’ll quit.

Make sure you check everything

We often don’t think that our home can be robbed, so we don’t really check it thoroughly and discover where its weak points are and what we need to improve in order to make it safe. I was like that too, but it’s never too late to realize that we live in a dangerous world and a little bit of safety never hurt anyone, so why not do it, right?

Check your locks, your windows, all the access points to the house and see where you need to make changes. Invest in good quality locks for your doors and windows, because the better the lock is, the longer it will take for the thief to open them, so he might just give up.

Lighting

Make sure you have lights open at all the entrances that can be accessed or seen from the road. Also, try to install a lamp that opens automatically when it’s dark or with movement sensor, that way you make it even harder for potential burglars to go unnoticed and make it difficult for them to approach your home.

Keep your goods out of sight

Did you know that the best places to hide are always the ones that no one expects? I always come up with the weirdest places, I admit, but I go on the idea that if you don’t think of that place, then you won’t look there right? So think of unusual places, that are not that hard to reach for you and keep your goods there. I am talking about small things like jewelry or money, you can’t really hide a TV, right?

Also, a few other tips that you might want to consider:

Always check the identity of anyone that comes at your door. Many burglars managed to get inside a home in broad daylight that way.
Make sure you don’t have your address on a tab near your house keys. You know how easily these can get lost and you don’t want to tip someone with bad intentions.
If you can afford it, you can install surveillance cameras.
Now, as I mentioned at the beginning of the article, most of the burglaries happen when people are on holiday, so what can you do to keep your home safe then?

Make sure your house insurance is up to date

Better yet, if you don’t have home insurance, consider getting one asap. Not only you will feel more relieved knowing that your house and belongings are in safe hands, but you also know that in case something happens (fire, someone breaks in) you will receive monetary compensation. There are many insurance companies on the market, so study their offers and pick the one that suits you and your needs the best.


Ask someone to keep an eye on your home

I always have a spare key left at my neighbor, and I ask her to look after my house every time we are away. It gives us peace of mind, knowing that someone we trust is looking after our house and we can enjoy our holiday better. If you choose this option, don’t forget to leave your contact information and your itinerary, in case of emergencies.

Try to avoid social media

It’s a common thing these days, to check-in and shows our social media friends where we are. Everybody does it, so why shouldn’t you do it, right? Well, if I tell you that this thing might tip off some burglars, would you still do it? Guess not. I know that you are excited and you want to show your friends all the nice places that you visit, but have a little patience until you get home, then you can post everything you want.

Remove the spare key

If a burglar finds out that you are out of town, it’s logical that the first thing that he’ll do is to look for the spare key. Forget all the hiding spots that you thought were safe, if you are away, those places are not safe anymore, so better give it to the person that will take care of your home while you’re away or take it with you.

The best tip that I can give you is to always try to stay alert and keep an eye on your home and your belongings. In case you notice something strange, call the police without hesitation and try not to take matters into your own hands, so the situation won’t escalate.

If you have other tips for me, don’t forget to leave them in the comment box below. Stay safe!

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