Protect Your Home and Your Family
Burglars avoid homes with security systems
While burglaries can be random, most home break-ins are planned events. Having a sophisticated security system, signs posted, security decals on windows and doors, and visible cameras in several locations around your home can make the difference in whether or not your home is a target. Thieves tend to avoid homes easily recognized as "high-risk homes" when they observe security systems.
Smart locks and doorbells
Door locks and doorbells have been reinvented. You can now buy a smart lock or doorbell that includes a camera and/or listening device. These innovative technology tools allow you to see and hear what’s happening at your door while you’re away. Use an app to lock or unlock your door, let the kids in, or monitor your home from anywhere. These devices even allow you to speak to people at your door.
Monitoring your security system
A professionally installed and professionally monitored home security system remains the best overall strategy for protecting your home. There are new and inexpensive self-monitor security devices on the market, but the jury is still out on how well home owners respond during an actual security or fire emergency. The ability to respond to an emergency at home is more than monitoring a mobile device.
A dog can provide security too
Dogs are known to be "man’s best friend", and they’re also a great source of home security. Dogs are a deterrent to intruders. Even small dogs can make enough noise to scare away a burglar. A fenced yard, or posted signs, "Beware of Dog" can provide a strong warning to thieves that access to your property will be a challenge. While a dog shouldn’t be your sole source of security, they’re usually willing to help.
Make sure doorways and windows are not obscured by trees or shrubbery. Doors should have adequate lighting, with motion detectors at all points of entry. Store valuables out of sight. If you have boats, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, lawn equipment, or expensive tools in your home or garage, you’re a target for thieves. Keep garage doors closed. Store expensive items in an enclosed area that is secured.
Keep valuables out of sight when leaving home
Thieves look for easy-to-grab items. Electronics, cash, jewelry and guns are often targets. Consider storing valuables in a locked cabinet, or install a safe. Computers, laptops, notepads and smart phones are not only a target of thieves, but these devices usually contain financial data, banking information and other personal information that must not end up in the hands of criminals. Lock-up before leaving.
Secure important documents and videos
Keep important documents in a bank lockbox, or in a fireproof and waterproof safe. In case of a natural disaster, important documents should be secured. In addition to documents, it’s advisable to make a video to record an inventory of all items of value in your home. Store the video in the lockbox or safe as well. Plan ahead for an emergency. You’ll need proof of insurance and a record of all your valuables.
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