Home Security Safety Tips
Create the illusion that someone is at your house.
If you are planning to be away for an extended time, leave a TV or stereo on near the front door and set interior lighting to go on and off at usual times. Use exterior lighting motion detectors to minimize places where an intruder could easily hide.
Let your neighbors know if you will be away.
Alerting your trusted neighbors that you will be gone for an extended time gives you additional security by them being more aware if suspicious activity near your home occurs.
Use the door peephole before opening the door.
Do not open the door to strangers without creditable identification. If you do not have a peephole, consider installing one.
Make sure all exterior doors have reliable locks.
Secure your home with exterior solid core doors Installed with a 1-inch deadbolt locks. Lock all doors before leaving your home or going to bed.
Keep doors, garage doors and windows locked at all times, even when you are home.
Don’t make it easy for an intruder, secure points of entry at all times.
Keep porches and all entrances well lit.
Check lighting motion detectors and porch bulbs regularly.
Store cash, jewelry and other valuables in a safe or safety deposit box
Keep your valuables out of reach for an intruder.
Don’t leave spare keys in obvious locations.
Don’t leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants or any other obvious outdoor location. Thieves will generally find them. Find an inconspicuous place to hide the keys, or give a set to a neighbor you can trust.
Arm your home security system every time you leave your house.
To ensure your home, pets and valuables are safe make it a habit to arm your security system when you leave and even when you are at home.
Hold a family meeting to discuss home security plans.
Education, preparation and planning will pay off if the security of your home is breached.