Thursday, December 27, 2007

Practical Tips To Secure Your Home

According to crime reports compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation one out of every six homes will be burglarized this year. By making it more difficult for intruders to get into your residence, you can greatly reduce your chances of being robbed. The more a burglar has to work to get into your home, the less chance you have of becoming his victim. There are several things you can do to make your home less vulnerable, below are some home security tips that are easy to implement, and will keep you and your family as safe as possible. • Trees located near windows or shrubbery that might shield a burglar from view can be major flaws in your home-protection plan. Consider your landscaping plan in light of your protection needs. • Keep all points of entry to your home well-lit. Consider installing motion-sensor lights on the rear and sides of your home and position them in out-of-reach places so they can't easily be turned off by a would-be thief. • Talk to your neighbors about any suspicious people or strange cars you notice lurking about. • When on vacation, set lights on timers or light sensors to turn on and off in the evening Also be sure to suspend newspaper delivery so papers do not pile up in front of your house • Be sure to have operational porch lights. Peepholes are important for allowing you to see who is at the door before opening it. Don't rely on the little chains which are often installed on doors to prevent them from opening more than a few inches. While no method is 100 percent effective against burglaries, you can use the above tips to decrease your chances of being the next burglary victim. If you need additional information about home security, contact your local Neighborhood Watch Program, Sheriff's Office or a local security service. For more information on protecting your home go to my site at
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