How To Keep Your Home Safe

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As homeowners we sometimes get complacent about our home security.   We get comfortable and live in a neighborhood that we think is "safe".  But what does that mean?  The truth is that nowhere is safe.  Burglaries can happen anywhere and at anytime of the day or night.   So what can you do to protect yourself.

Here are some reminders about what to do and what not to do when it comes to home security.

1.  Lock your doors and windows. This seems like a no brainer but you would be surprised how many people get so comfortable that they do not even lock their doors and windows.   Statistics show that twenty eight percent of burglaries are made without force.   Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one-inch throw and reinforced striker plates.

2.  Cancel your newspapers and your mail when you go on vacation.

3.  Put your lights on timers.

4.  Secure your home even if you are only going to be gone for five minutes.  The average residential burglary results in a loss of about $1300.

5.  Look at your house from the street and make sure that there are no valuables visible.  If you can see them, so can the criminals.

6.  Make sure your sliding glass doors are secure.  Install a metal Charlie bar or pin lock.  Or a simple piece of sturdy wood in the track will also do the trick.

7.  Always keep your garage door locked and do not leave your garage door open when your garage is unattended.

8.  Keep the exterior of your home well lit.  Install a photo cell, timers or motion detectors on your exterior lighting. 

9.  If you are going to be away,  try to keep a car parked in your driveway even if you have to ask someone to park there.  Your home needs to appear as if someone is home.

10.  Never leave a message on your answering machine that you are away.  This applies to posting your whereabouts on any social media sites such as Facebook etc.  

Most criminals say that if it takes longer than four or five minutes to break into your home, they will move on to the next one.   Additionally, many of the insurance companies will give you a significant discount if you install security devices that make your home more secure. 

I hope you have found this article helpful.  If you are considering buying or selling your home, call your realtor.  They will be able to provide you with everything you need to make the process go smoothly.


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Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA

Hi Peggy,

A very good list and one that we all need to be aware of.....thanks

Jan 07, 2013 01:00 AM #1
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

All great tips on keeping your home safe. With LED lighting, the cost to light up around your home is much less than it used to be. I agree, the more lights on the better. Best withes for 2013!

Jan 07, 2013 01:00 AM #2
Peggy Harmeyer- Harmeyer Team
RE/MAX Real - Altoona, IA
Licensed in the State of Iowa

Dan, Yes we need to be aware of things that make our home look like no one is home when we are out of town.  Sara & Les,  I agree that LED lighting can cost less and also, It will be alot less money and stress if your home isn't burglarized. Have a safe and Happy 2013.


Jan 07, 2013 01:29 AM #3
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Great tips...there is no excuse for complacency.  

Jan 07, 2013 01:37 AM #4
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