Keeping your home and your family safe is likely one of your top priorities. But did you know that there are a whole host of simple mistakes that people make which potentially endanger the security of their home? Here are some common mistakes and how to avoid them.
Hiding a key outside
Although anyone will know to check under the doormat, experienced burglars will know to check under rocks and other prominent features around your garden. The safest options are to keep a key with a trusted neighbor, or buy a lock-box for the side of your house. If you absolutely have to, you could put a key in a carrier bag and bury it underground, but make sure it’s somewhere you’ll remember.
Using cheap locks
Many burglars know how to get through standard cheap door and window locks. Consider investing a little more money in heavy duty locks for your home. They will act a deterrent, as well as being more difficult to break.
Using social media to announce you’re out
You may have heard horror stories about people’s homes being broken into after they announced their vacation on Facebook. Unfortunately this is becoming an increasing reality. Make sure you never post when you’ll be away on any social media. It’s also a good idea to spend some time speaking to your children about this.
Just like with your car, keep anything of serious value out of sight of doors and windows. Don’t make your home an attractive prospect. It is also a good idea to ensure that boxes which contained expensive electrical goods are not kept outside your home. They can make a house more attractive to thieves.
Using an outdated alarm
If an alarm system is old and not properly maintained, it isn’t a whole lot of use. Find an alarm system that is suitable for your property and ensure it is frequently serviced.
Leaving a garage door unlocked
It’s easy to forget if you’re going in and out, but leaving a garage or outhouse door unlocked is an easy way for a burglar to gain access to your belongings. Get into the habit of checking each door before you leave the house and before you go to bed.
Not leaving a light on
When you’re out in the evening or away on holiday, make sure your home looks lived in. Ask a trusted neighbor to come in and close the blinds each evening, take in your mail, and leave a light on.
Having a dark, overgrown yard
A well lit yard area acts as a deterrent to potential burglars. A dark yard with overgrown shrubbery offers them a lot of places to hide in case they’re disturbed, making it an attractive house to stake out. Keep your yard open plan and use motion sensor lighting to put them off.
Making your home an unattractive target to burglars doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Keep your doors locked, your alarm functioning, and attractive items away from the windows. You’ll seriously decrease your chances of a home robbery.