When it comes to safety, there are certain precautions you can take in and around your home to make sure that it’s secure. Follow these few tips and, hopefully, you can rest easy that you’ve taken the necessary steps to make sure your house is as protected as possible.
Keep it Clean
Make sure the outside of your home it neat and tidy. From keeping your lawn cut, to bringing in flyers from your mailbox, and packages from your doorstep, it’s important to make it look like someone is home. Be aware of your surroundings, and regularly tend to tasks that need to be done around the outside of your house. Also, make sure that all tools, especially ladders, aren’t left in the yard. The last thing you want to do is provide a thief with the means to get into your home!
Keep it Quiet
I know! You are excited for your long awaited vacation, and want to shout it from the rooftops. Or, more likely, social media. However, sharing your location, posting photographs, or announcing that you are away for two weeks, is not the best idea. Save your vacation updates for when you are back home. That way, you aren’t inviting thieves to keep your house company while you are away. If you are away for longer stretches, it’s a good idea to have someone stop by once a day to pick up the mail, mow your lawn, and keep an eye out while you are gone.
Keep it Bright
Whenever you are going to be gone until dark, it’s a good idea to set your interior lights to a timer. Especially if you are planning to be gone for several weeks or months. A well lit home keeps thieves guessing, while providing you with added security for when you come home.
Keep it Locked
Protect your windows and doors by making sure your locks are secure. It’s comforting to have an alarm system of some kind, and there are many affordable options available.
Give your windows and sliding-glass doors extra security by installing a metal or wooden rod in the track, preventing it from being opened from the outside. Also, if you have recently moved into a new home, make sure you change the locks.
Keep it Secret
I know, I know! It seems obvious; but, I would be remiss if I didn’t include this final tip. Don’t hide a spare key anywhere around the outside of your home. The “Welcome” mat, planter, or garden gnome isn’t keeping anything hidden. Instead, make sure a good friend, family member, or trusted neighbour has a spare key in case you are ever in need. Plus, then they already have a key for when they house sit.
What do you do to keep your home safe? Let me know in the comments!