SAFETY TIPS - 7 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Home And Yourself

Reblogger Ann Allen Hoover
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage South


Connie Harvey (my friend in Nashville) recently posted these tips for home and personal safety on her blog.  Thanks Connie!


Original content by Connie Harvey

7 things you can do to protect your home and yourself!Home Safety

1. When you're out of town have your newspapers and mail canceled or held.
If you have a neighbor that you trust, ask them to keep an eye out for fliers left on the front door, or weekly papers thrown on the driveway. If it snows while you're away, ask them to walk from the front door to the mailbox and back. Need to show fresh tracks in the snow.

2. Burglars check all the drawers. Don't think they don't look in the sock drawer, master bath or bedside table. If you want to hide something hide it in the kids' room. They seldom go in there.

3. Safes aren't safe unless they're bolted to the floor. They'll just pick it up and carry it with them. 

4. Leaving a loud TV or Radio on is a great deterrent. If you don't want to put your equipment on a timer, consider getting a devise called Fake TV. It recreates the same type of flickering light that a television makes when you're watching it.

5. Be aware of those around you. Profession burglars will walk through a neighborhood with a clipboard, dressed like the lawn person carrying a rake or in a utility uniform just checking out the homes. They don't like loud dogs or nosy neighbors.

6. Don't announce on any of the social media, like Facebook, that you're going out of town. They can find your address. 

7. Wasp Spray. Self defense experts agree that wasp and/or hornet spray is much more effective than pepper spray. It shoots between 20 and 30 feet away and blinds the person until they can get to a hospital for an antidote.


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Connie can be reached at 615-661-7800 x 1300 or at HarveyC@realtracs.

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Kevin Henry
Henry Realty - Fort Wayne, IN

Very good tips. I did know most of these. They are common sense. I see people all of the time making the mistake of anouncing on Facebook where they are going for the weekend or for vacation. If we are home and have the garage door open we are sure to lock the interior door. Also it is good to keep smith and wesson near you.

Aug 22, 2010 01:59 PM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Ann - I had never heard, or even thought of using Wasp Spray as a deterrent.  That seems like an excellent idea.  I'm not really fond of letting everyone in your social media network know that your out of town either.  It's an open invitation to let the unscrupulous know your home might be easier pickings.  I wanted to cringe when Facebook came out with their new "Location" feature.

Aug 23, 2010 05:57 AM #2
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Ann, glad you could use it. Thanks for the ReBlog.

Aug 23, 2010 11:08 AM #3
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Great safety tips!

Aug 28, 2010 01:08 PM #4
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