We all want to feel safe and our valuables to be secure when we leave our home each day. Here are a few tips to make sure your home is not a prime target for thieves.
As basic as it sounds, many crimes are those of opportunity. An open window or unlocked side or back door is an easy entrance for a thief. I can honestly say, I have often times come home, go to the back door to let the dogs outside, and realize the back door was never even locked. Depending on where you live, you may be in the habit of not thinking something as simple as locking a back or side door is important, but try to start making it a habit each time you come and go from your home. Consider a deadbolt. Now-a-days, many homes have deadbolts on the front doors, but if there isn’t one, consider asking your Landlord if one can be installed. May times it’s at the tenant’s expense, but that’s a small price to pay to protect your valuables.
Put Things Away
Keep lawn equipment, tools, bicycles, gardening supplies stored in a shed, garage or basement. Don’t let laptops, cameras or other electronics sitting out in plain sight on your porch or patio. If you’re going to use some sort of hide-a-key object, don’t choose one that’s obvious…there are some really unique options available. The more stuff you collect around the outside of your house, the greater the invitation to thieves. Inside your home, try to find clever hiding places for anything you keep that you feel is irreplaceable (jewelry, money). Don’t be tempted to use the traditional hiding places…money in the freezer, behind the toilet tank or between the mattresses.
I’m sure you’ve all heard this before, but the more newspapers you have piling up in the front of your home, the more it looks like no one lives there. The same is true for an unkempt yard or dark rooms. If you come home from work late or have an unusual schedule, consider putting lights on a timer or leaving a TV or radio playing while you’re away.