Home security is a vital topic for any homeowner, but is also one that too many people fail to study with any sense of urgency. In order to ensure the security of your home, is useful to spend some time learning about what is available to help keep things secure. Continue reading to gain a deeper understanding.
Do not open your door for anyone you don’t know. People are coming up with all sorts of ways to convince people to open their door to them, with the intent of committing burglary or worse. Create the rule that you just open a door to people that you expect to arrive.
Avoid putting your name on your mailbox. As silly as it may seem, doing so gives a thief ammunition to break into your home. They could easily call directory assistance using your name to get your phone number. Then, they will call you to find out if you are home or not.
Do you have sliding patio door in your home? If you do, be sure that you have taken steps to make them more secure. One inexpensive way you can do this is to purchase a closet rod and cut it to fit tightly into the track behind the door which slides open and shut.
If you are leaving on vacation, make sure you set some lights on timers so that thieves do not know you are away. If they think you are home, they are less likely to break in. It is much easier for a crook to steal from you when you are not at home.
Be careful who you give your keys to. Be especially careful with one-time contractors who work around your home. Make sure they are a reputable company. Some shadier contractors make duplicate keys to your home to break in easily later. Check with the business resources in your area to assure the contractor’s reputation is clean.
Your dog is likely to be your best friend, but he can also protect your home. When you are out, he will stand guard, barking at and even attacking anyone who attempts to enter when they shouldn’t. Train him to understand that when you let people inside, that is okay.
If a friend picks up your mail while you’re away, have them check for fliers on your door. Burglars sometimes tack these up and watch to see whether or not they are removed. If the flier is not taken down, the burglar assumes the homeowner is not in town.
Keep burglars on the outside of your garage by making sure nobody can actually see inside the garage. Use frosting to cover the garage window, so people cannot peer inside. Make a habit of keep your door closed and locked.
All too often, home security is treated as little more than afterthought by homeowners, until it is too late. The key is to dedicate yourself to gaining as much information as you can about home security before something unfortunate happens. The article above has offered a strong foundation for doing precisely that.