Keeping your home secure is important, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to take advantage of technology and even utilize simple tricks that have worked for decades. A few small steps can make a world of difference. Here are our five favorite tips for keeping your home safe whether you’re away for the night or traveling for weeks on end!
1. Examine your doors and windows
One of the easiest ways to protect your home from an intruder is to invest in good quality deadbolt locks on your doors. Doors aren’t the only entry point of interest, however. You’ll also want to ensure your windows are properly locked both at night and while you’re on vacation. If you prefer to leave a spare key outside of your door, try leaving it with a neighbor you trust instead of under a rock or nearby outside. Burglars can be more clever than you’d realize!
2. Utilize signs that deter burglars
Another way you can make your home less desirable to a potential burglar is utilizing signs. Most home security companies will provide you with window or yard signs which can scare burglars away. Something as simple as a “beware of dog” sign has also been proven to deter criminals, as it’s a risk they’re not willing to take!
3. Purchase motion sensor lights
Motion sensor lights are a simple and extremely handy way to encourage burglars to pick another house. A sudden flood light turning on can be enough to stop them in their tracks. They may think they have been spotted by the homeowner and will quickly try to make a getaway.
4. Invest in a home security system
Home security systems have been used successfully for many years and in this day and age, they’ve come a long way! Security systems today utilize features like cameras with high quality audio and video, motion detection that sends an alert to your phone and other valuable ways to prevent theft and other criminal activity from taking place in your home. It’s very much worth it to set up a consultation with a reputable security company to see what they can for your particular situation!
5. Stow away valuables
A rule of thumb with parked cars is also handy to remember at home: store your valuables in the interior of your home away from windows. If something catches a burglars eye, they may see your home as an easy target. You should also stow away or hide tempting items you have outside including grills. Have a garage or shed? Use this to store your items when not in use.
About Ryan Ruffcorn
Ryan grew up in Keokuk, graduated from Keokuk Senior High, and started his agency in Keokuk from scratch in 2003 after having worked for one of the largest international accounting firms, KPMG, LLP.
Ryan is hardworking; his loyal and trustworthy character is exemplified by the way he does business. He thoroughly enjoys helping clients through the insurance buying process to secure coverage for their most valuable assets.