10 steps to improved home security

10 steps to improved home security

When it comes to overall statistics on burglary, there is good news.  According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, crimes involving property have been dropping since the mid-1970s. However, with 9.3 million properties being victimized in 2009 (the latest data year available), burglary is still a reality for many Americans.

Take measures to protect your home and property against burglary by implementing the following steps and tips:

  1. Assess your home. Take a look around your home, detecting spots as a burglar would. Address any issues that seem vulnerable.
  2. Consult with a home security specialist. Ask for recommendations of steps you can take to deter your home against crime, including the installation of an alarm system.
  3. Install exterior lights. Include motion-detection lights among your options.
  4. Install automatic light timers inside your home.
  5. Trim trees and shrubs.  Overgrown foliage around the home can conceal burglars trying to enter through your windows or doors.
  6. Check the stability of your doors and frames. They should be solidly constructed and secure. A person shouldn’t be able to easily knock down your door to gain entry.
  7. Secure doors and windows. Make sure they are closed and securely fastened when not in use. Even when you are at home, it is best to keep them latched and closed when possible. Make sure sliding glass doors are properly secured by placing a rod in the track.
  8. Have a locksmith inspect your locks. A reputable locksmith will check to make sure they are in good working order and provide the best protection options against entry.
  9. Discontinue mail and newspaper delivery when out of town.
  10. Never leave keys under doormats, planter pots or rocks.

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