Home security is something that a lot of people don’t pay much attention to. “Burglary won’t happen to me,” they say, and odds are they may be right. But is this something you want to gamble on?
Even with increasing crime and lawlessness throughout the world, hyped up TV news reports tend to make it sound like there’s a boogie man under every bush and around every corner. That’s just not true.
But they are around some corners and under some bushes. For that reason, it is good to look into making your home a hard target. It’s not that hard to add some security devices to send the burglars down the road.
Unless you live in a large populated city, you may have trouble finding a true home security store. There is starting to be more of them, but still, with many people not taking adding security to their homes, the demand is still low.
The big box lumber yards and hardware stores do offer some choices for lightning and alarms. If a home security store is not readily available, then you may be about to find what you want at a hardware store.
One thing I have found though, you won’t be able to get much help from their employees. They are great in helping with lumber and plumbing, but not much with security. Hopefully, you can find all the information you need at this website.
And another location for purchasing from a home security store is right here online. Again, if you can determine your wants and needs, then shopping online may work for you.
A home security store, online or in an actually store, can help you get the equipment you need to fit all your needs and protect your family. But do you have to have a fancy alarm system with CCTV, and maybe even a few booby traps for good measure?
Well maybe not booby traps. But sure, security systems help, but getting into safe habits like locking doors and being aware of your surroundings is one of the best ways to stay safe.
Author Pete Scholey, author of Who Dares Wins, a retired officer of the British SAS, says that more than anything else, being alert is the thing that will keep you safe.
What kinds of things help you to stay alert at home? A dog is one of the best things to have. It doesn’t have to be an attack dog—a dog that barks loudly keeps you alert to what’s going on outside, and also serves as a powerful deterrent to burglars.
A group of ex-burglars surveyed in England said
that more than an alarm system, locked doors, etcetera, a dog in the house was
not something they wanted to encounter. They would then look for an easier
Locking doors is another way to make your home a hard target. It sounds like a no brainer, but you might be shocked to learn at the number of burglars that literally walked into a house through an unlocked door.
And you want to have not just any door lock, but a dead bolt lock. Normal door locks can easily kicked in. Visit a home security store or hardware store to find a good dead bolt lock.
The same principles apply to windows. Be vigilant about locking doors, and more than likely, a burglar trying your door will move on to somewhere else easier to hit.
Lights too offer a measure of protection. Burglars don’t want to be seen, end of story. They’re opportunistic. Lights increase their risk of you or a neighbor seeing them and calling the police. Make sure all outer walls of your house are well illuminated from the evening until the dawn. Setting such lights on a timer is both convenient, practical, and offers peace of mind.
Indiscretion is another way you may fall victim to crime. How? Changing your answering machine to let people know you are out of town is one way. Even something as innocent as leaving the box for a brand new television set or sound system out on your curb for the trash collectors can attract the wrong kind of people.
Also related to this is leaving bank statements that you
want to dispose of in the trash without burning or shredding them. Other
sensitive financial documents or documents that reveal personal information
should also be disposed of safely before being put out for trash collection.
Home security involves not only protection from burglary, but also fire protection. It would behoove homeowners to keep at least one fire extinguisher in the kitchen, as it could mean the difference between a ruined meal or an insurance claim to restore your kitchen or even your house, or worse.
Fire blankets and well maintained smoke alarms are also important. Hardwired smoke alarms, that is to say a sort of mini smoke alarm network, are perhaps the best types of smoke detectors to have. Many smoke detectors operate on their own and do not activate until smoke reaches them, but with hardwired smoke detectors, when one goes off, they all go off, reducing the chances of a fire totally consuming your house and increasing your chances of safe exit by knowing about the fire earlier than later.
Educating your family is also important. Children should know not to answer the door when parents are not at home, as well as how to dial emergency and the correct information to relay to the dispatcher, such as home address and nature of emergency. Family members should also have a plan in place for what to do if there’s a fire.
Visit your home security store, whether it's a hardware store or online. Because, all in all, home security measures don’t take a long time to sort out, and you’ll be glad you did.
Why? Because making your home a hard target will take you from “it probably won’t happen to me” back to “it won’t happen to me”. But this time, you’ll be saying it won’t happen to me out of confidence, not ignorance.
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