Protecting Your Home From the Outside-In

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois

Protecting Your Home From the Outside-In

Hi Dale,

We all want to feel safe and protected, especially when it comes to our home and family. Protecting your house is no small task, especially when there are multiple options for home tech and security systems. For those not equipped to splurge on a state-of-the-art alarm system or guard dog, there are several things you can do to make you and your family safer from the outside-in.

Outside the Home

Install Motion Sensor Lighting

Outdoor lighting has come a long way, especially motion detection fixtures. Installing motion sensor lighting around major points of entry around your home, or around the entire property, can help deter intruders.  

Keep Expensive Items Locked Up

Barbecues, smokers, outdoor culinary equipment, bicycles and other items are meant to stay outdoors. If your home doesn't have a garage, shed or secure fence, these items are easy targets for theft. Keep your valuables locked up when not in use.

Lock Fences, Gates, and Garage Doors

Secure your yard and home by ensuring that intruders can't gain access to them. Install a fence latch with a lock or lock the latch with a removable lock. If you have a garage, lock the door when not in use. Even if you have installed a garage door opener, thieves can still find ways to open the door, but securing the door from inside the garage makes it much harder to gain entry.

Secure Your Vehicle

Many people don't lock their vehicles, especially when parked in a driveway or in front of their home. Even if it's parked on your property, it's still accessible to anyone. Keep your windows up, lock your doors, and refrain from leaving expensive items and important/personal documents in your vehicle.

Inside the Home

Keep Windows and Doors Locked

We all would like to live in a world where we can leave our front doors unlocked without the fear of burglary, but we don't. Even when home, secure the main points of entry to your home -- including windows on the ground floor.

Utilize a Safe or Lockbox

If you're one of those homeowners that has piles of documents around the house, you can help make your life more secure by storing those important documents in a home safe or lockbox. Not only will they be secure, but many home safes are also water and/or fire resistant, preventing you from losing your vital information should a natural disaster strike.

Add Privacy Film to Windows and Doors

If you have windows around your front door or your ground-floor bathroom has large windows, adding privacy film can prevent people from seeing inside your home. Privacy film is inexpensive, can be installed in a matter of minutes, and it can help add a designer touch to a plain window.

While You're Gone

Don't Post to Social Media

It can be really tempting to share your travel plans on social media, but if you're going out of town, don't post it on the Internet. If your profile is in any way public (or you have a friend or relative that shares your messages), people you don't know will know you're gone. You can always post your photos after you get home.

Install a Timer on Indoor Lights

A dark home at night can be a welcome sign to a thief. If you're going out of town, or even if you work during evening hours, create the illusion of being home by putting one or two lights on a timer. Not only will it look like someone is home, you also won't come home to a dark house.

Secure Your Garage

If you're going out of town, make sure to disengage an automatic garage door opener. Should a thief somehow acquire the remote, the door will not open. Also lock the garage door from the inside for extra security.

Tell Your Neighbor

One of the best things you can do when you go out of town is to let your neighbor know you'll be gone. They are familiar with the neighborhood; they're right next to your home, and they'll be able to tell if a stranger shows up in the area. There's also the added benefit that they can contact you should anything happen to your home while you're gone.

If there's one place you should always feel safe, it's in your own home. I hope these tips have been useful and feel free to visit my site at dtaylor.illinoisproperty.com for more information.

 

Hey, did you know I am a Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist?

http://usprobateservices.org/daletaylor

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