important and will help you reduce your risk from theft and also evaluate how much more you will have to invest in your new home. We shall outline some basic things you need to take note of in order to keep your home safe and or make the right investment choices.
- Learn about your neighborhood, and if your home is in a neighborhood with a higher rate of crime, consider installing burglar bars on windows. They are a visible sign of physical security.
- External motion sensor systems are now very necessary for any home to trigger a main external light to light up your front step, which is an easy to afford option - lights scare prowlers off.
- Investing in a basic home security system is worthwhile - if any exterior windows are doors are opened while the system is active, sirens will sound and a signal will be sent to an alarm monitoring company.
- Consider investing in a fire-proof and water-proof safe if you have a higher end need for safety and valuable assets to protect. If you want to keep any irreplaceable documents, they need to be kept in a waterproof environment.
- Keep your curtains closed - they make it harder to see in if someone is trying to figure out if you have anything worth stealing.
- The safest home is one in a safe community. Be involved in your community - a strong community has a better chance of rejecting any negative criminal elements as well as supporting positive ones. Community programs like Neighborhood Watch encourage each member of a community to watch out for each other, and as a result, common crime in those neighborhoods is dramatically lower.
Few people really bother about security until something happens to them or a neighbor. The public's complacent attitude is the burglar's best friend and your worst enemy. There are many things the average person can do to make their home less of a target. The above tips will get you started on the right road. Remember, the two things a burglar fears most are being seen and having to take too much time to complete the crime.
NB: when implementing community neighborhood watch programs, call on us – we can sit in and give you professional advice for no charge.