Saturday, July 21, 2012

Avoiding a Potential Break-In

As a child the world never seemed to be a scary place. I'm not sure if it was the naiveness of being young or things have really changed that much. Back then there was one thing I could always count on, and that was my Grandmothers door was always open, literally. Whether it was 3am or 3pm I knew I could always walk right in. Could you imagine leaving your doors open in today's world? Never!

When we first moved to this state we rented twice before we found a home to call our own. Would you believe, that in the three houses we have lived in, three of my neighbors, close, like next door neighbors, have been robbed - twice in the middle of the day! I would have considered our area relatively safe, and I always thought of my dogs as plenty of protection.  After the last burglary though, I wasn't taking any chances.

The facts show that a burglary occurs every 15 seconds, yet there are plenty of ways to improve your odds of not being a victim.

First you want to consider every possible entry point and secure them. Don't make it easy for a possible intruder to get in.

As a Mom, the news of so many children being allegedly abducted through their bedroom windows has me terrified.  Doorway alarms and window alarms have always rank high up there with me, not just as protection against burglary, but as a heads up with both younger children and older children. With younger children in the home you can never put anything past them, including open door and windows. With alarm sensors placed on windows and doors, you can easily be forewarned to any tampering or opening of these areas; alerting you to potential dangers of not just an intruder, but possibly keeping your child from harm as well. With teenage kids they can be a great deterrent from sneaking out; after all, danger is everywhere.

If you’re going to be away for an extended period of time, arrange for someone to pick up you mail and keep up with lawn maintenance. You can even place a hold on your mail and it will be available for pickup at your local post office when you return. Whatever you do, don't let it be obvious your family is a way. Set up security lighting like motion sensor lights or lights on a timer in both the front yard and rear.

Don't call attention to your home by leaving commonly stolen items out in the open; like bikes, mowers, leaf blowers etc. Make sure they are out of site and in a secure location.

Just made a major purchase like the big screen T.V you have been dreaming of? Don't toss the box on top of your garbage pile displaying what enticing electronic you have in your home. Break down the box and bag it or take it to your local recycling center on your own.

And most importantly, don't give a potential burglar a key to your home by stashing an extra under the door mat or in the garden turtle. It's too common. If you really need to leave a spare outside, think outside the box, or invested in a punch code door pad.

What are your tips for keeping your home, family and valuables safe?

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Laura said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We have motion lights, alarms and I lock everything all the time. This is a big fear of mine. Not that we have anything worth taking but I would feel so violated.

Pam said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We have our important papers in a fireproof safe. Our stuff is so old the burglars would probably leave stuff for us!

Sandy VanHoey said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great points and i like the window alarm you mentioned. I too remember the days when your doors could be scary anymore. We have an alarm system installed and I think it's really great.

Jennifer said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Haven't been able to leave the doors open since I was small. We keep everything in a fire-safe as well & are extra vigilant about things being locked down.

Terri said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh, my goodness! That is close for comfort! I am actually my Neigborhood Watch block captain and although the pooch and I are always on the lookout, having the proper lighting is a huge factor in deterring trouble!

Samantha said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i have a huge fear about break ins. and fires.

Caitlin McClure said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Motion sensor lights are a great idea.
We have guns to protect our stuff.

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