Home Security At Holiday Time
Posted on July 12, 2011
Review your home security before departing for a holiday is wise. The latest figures from the FBI show a burglary occurs every 15.4 seconds in the USA and a majority of these take place when the householder is away. This could be prevented by beefing up your home security and installing a home security system.
Many of these home security products also have the option of home security monitoring. But other steps and precautions need to taken to improve you overall security.
Some of the less expensive options available include installing motion sensor lighting around the perimeter of your home.
There is a great deal that can be done inside the home to improve security. Check all locks on doors and windows replace any defective locks. Patio sliding doors provide easy access to any burglar, this is due to poor maintenance or security (broken lock).
Install a blocking device such as a “Charlie bar” to prevent the door from sliding open.
At the very least you should block the track with a steel rod or wooden dowel to prevent any movement.
Use a home safe to store any valuables. Put keys to outbuildings, garages, other vehicles and any other device that requires a key.
You should also hide any personal documents and identity information in your home safe as well.
A great way to dissuade a burglar giving the impression someone is at home is key to improving home security. Use it in more than one room, and be smart using this tactic by activating timers.
Other security measures include stopping your mail and paper deliveries. If you have two vehicles leave one parked on your driveway or ask a neighbor to park in your driveway whilst you are away.
Also, leave the keys with a trusted neighbor or relative. Get your home checked periodically by them Switch off any answering machine don’t be tempted to leave a message saying you are on vacation.
Ensure all outbuildings are secure, making sure any tools in your garage that could be used to gain access are under lock and key.
No matter what steps and security measures you take your home will never be 100% secure.
But the harder you make it for a burglar to gain entry the stronger your home security will be.