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Increase Your Home Security With These Easy Steps from WikiHow

Posted by: phoenix on February 28, 2014

Sometimes there are articles that just make sense for us to re-post. This article was posted in WikiHow and its truly a set of action items that we should all run when securing our homes!

Steps 1-18 do a great job of arming us with useful tips:

 

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    Think like a burglar. Pretend to be a burglar yourself, and try to think of ways to break into your own home. Study your home and observe any weaknesses in its security.

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    Lock your doors. Even if you may have grown up in a place where it was okay to leave your door unlocked, the world is different now.

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    Lock the windows. Ground level windows and sliding doors are easy to open from the outside. A slightly more motivated thief will check.

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    Lock the balcony door. Never leave the balcony door unlocked at night or when going out. Balconies could provide easy access to burglars.

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    Lock garage doors. Garage doors provide access into your home, so treat them as any other door; make sure they are locked properly, as well as the door that leads from the garage room into your house.

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    New home, new locks. When moving into a new residence, change all locks as you never know who has a copy of your key.

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    Leave the lights, TV, and stereo on. When you go out, leave a light on in any room in the house or invest in a light timer to automatically turn on lights at whatever time you want. Let the thief hesitate about breaking in.

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    Don’t leave notes on the door. For example: “Hi delivery company, I won’t be home all day just leave my packages on the back porch.” To a robber, that says, “Hi robber, I’m not home for the day so you can rob my house.” Not only will a thief look on your porch, he’ll also know definitively that you won’t be home for the day.

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    Close drapes. Keep drapes closed in rooms with expensive equipment that could give burglars a peek into your home.

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    Report strange things to the police. If you see a strange car driving through the neighborhood several times a day, report it! If someone is sitting in their car parked on your street for a long time, report it! A moving van at your neighbors house with no for sale sign, report it!

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    Install security lighting to your yard. It is harder for a thief to break in if there are lights placed at entry points to your house.

  12. Get an alarm system. If a burglar managed to break into your house, an alarm system could deter him from proceeding.
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    Change your lock if you ever lose your key. Someone else might have picked it up.

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    Make sure your hedges are trimmed below the level of the window sill.

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    Get a dog. A dog bark can serve as a warning and attract attention, something burglars try to avoid.

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    Never leave a spare key. It is not recommended to leave a spare key left anywhere around your home, especially in obvious places such as under the welcome mat.

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    Get safety bars on windows. Especially if your home is located in a bad area. These will prevent burglars from breaking in through the windows.

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    Get a safe. A safe can help protect not only valuables but also important paperwork, cheque books, bank statements and financial records.

    Curated from:  http://www.wikihow.com/Increase-Your-Home-Security

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