It is important to keep your home secure to prevent thefts or physical attacks. Today, there are modern ways to protect your home, but you can continue to use traditional methods to prevent a break-in. You might think that you live in a safe neighborhood, but home invasions can occur in any area, so you must plan ahead of time to prevent any problems. Use these methods to protect your home from a break-in.
Security Tip 1: Upgrade the Locks On Your Home
If your home has old-fashioned locks on the doors and windows, then it is time to upgrade the items. A locksmith can install modern locks on windows and doors to help prevent a break-in. You may want to have multiple locks on windows and doors to protect your family. Don’t forget to add locks to the windows around a basement or on a garage.
Security Tip 2: Replace Windows and Doors
When your home has decaying doors and windows, it is easy for someone to break through the items. A thief can remove the degraded wood around a window to remove the windowpanes before lifting a window screen to enter your home. In addition, it is simple for a thief to break through a door that has splitting wood, so it is also a good idea to install new metal doors.
Security Tip 3: Add More Exterior Lighting
Thieves don’t want to invade a home that has bright exterior lighting because neighbors can see them breaking in. You can find inexpensive solar lights to install around a home’s doors, pathways and windows. Some solar lights are on posts that you stick into the ground, but you can also fasten solar lights to the sides or roof of a home for additional protection.
Security Tip 4: Stop Newspaper, Package and Mail Deliveries
If you are planning to leave your home, then make sure to stop mail, package and newspaper deliveries. Thieves look for homes that have mail in the mailbox or piles of newspapers and packages on a porch. You can contact the post office to hold your mail, and also, call your delivery person to stop placing newspapers on your porch. Avoid ordering items before leaving on a vacation because the package will remain on your doorstep until you return home.
Security Tip 5: Have Opaque Window Coverings
Have heavy draperies or opaque window blinds on the windows of your home so that no one can see in. Thieves will look through windows to find homes that have televisions, computers and other electronics that are easy to sell. Don’t have expensive artwork or silverware near a window where a potential thief can see the items.
Security Tip 6: Use Caution During the Daytime
The majority of home break-ins occur during the day when most homeowners are working. Make sure to lock all of the windows and doors on your home before you leave for the day. Don’t leave pet doors open because a thief can enter through one of these devices to steal cash, jewelry and other small items.
Security Tip 7: Trim Trees and Shrubbery
Make sure to trim the shrubbery and trees on your lawns to make it difficult for a thief to hide. Burglars look for homes where they can hide behind trees and shrubs so that it is easy to break a window’s glass or push through a door. If it is easier for a passerby to see your home’s doors and windows, then it is less likely that a thief will try to break in.
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The information provided is for the clients' personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties clients may be interested in purchasing. All properties are subject to prior sale or withdrawal. All information provided is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate, and should be independently verified. Greater Baton Rouge Assoc. of REALTORS® Last Updated: 3/17/2018 8:28:44 PM