Our homes are more than sticks and bricks: they house expensive – and priceless belongings as well as the people we love. Here are five ways to protect your most valuable asset – and the people and things within it.
Getting a security system is one of the best ways to ensure your home stays safe. Should the system detect an intrusion, authorities can be dispatched instantly. Some “smart” systems can even call for help if there’s a fire or send for medical assistance with the push of a button. While security systems might be pricey, you may be able to get a break on your home insurance if you have one. Not within your budget? Posting a security company sign outside your door may be a cost-effective deterrent; one study revealed that 60 per cent of burglars would choose a different target if an alarm was present.
2. Get a video doorbell
Video doorbells are sometimes an adjunct to in-home security systems, but they can also stand alone. The doorbell detects motion and establishes a two-way connection to your smart phone – whether you’re in the house or halfway across the world. Video footage can also be saved, which could help authorities to catch an intruder should they gain entry to your home. Be sure to check the doorbell’s operational temperature range: some devices aren’t equipped to handle frigid weather.
3. Get a dog
They say dogs are a (wo)man’s best friend – but their provide more than unconditional companionship. Canines can be fierce protectors of not only their humans, but their space. When a dog senses a stranger, their bark immediately tells a would-be intruder they will have a (potentially dangerous) obstacle to overcome. If your home is more challenging to burglarize than your dog-free neighbour’s, chances are yours will be left alone.
4. Get to know your neighbours
Speaking of neighbours, it’s a good idea to get to know yours. A grassroots neighbourhood watch is an effective way to ensure your home remains secure. If a neighbour notices any suspicious activity, they can alert you – or the police. This is especially important when you are away for an extended period of time; ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your place when you go away, and offer to return the favour when they head out of town
5. Lock your doors
Gone are the days when you can safely leave your front door unlocked. Ensuring entry to your home isn’t as easy as opening a door (or window) is the simplest way to keep your home secure. But your home isn’t the only thing you need to lock; if you park outside, it’s imperative you lock your vehicle. A thief can easily gain access to your house by using a garage remote. Keep remotes out of sight, and lock your car.
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