In the USA, property crime has seen a massive drop in recent years and decades. This is good news, but that doesn’t mean you can forget about home security. Because even with those drops in violent crimes and property crimes, a home is still broken into in the USA every 23 seconds or so. Thankfully, there are many ways to protect your home and your valuables.
One of the best and most common methods is an alarm. These can deter criminals, stop them in their tracks and even alert the authorities. While you might know about alarms and their different settings (like arm stay & arm away), having an alarm is far from the only way to protect your house. With that in mind, this article is going to take a look at some more unique home security tips that you likely haven’t thought of.
Be Careful With Social Media
Billions of people around the world are using social media. It is a great tool to keep up with friends and celebrities, read the news and offer your two cents on what is happening around the world. Unfortunately, social media can also be dangerous. If you are flaunting your riches, posting your address or talking about upcoming trips you could be setting yourself up to be victimized.
In a similar vein, be careful talking about any upcoming trips or potential absences in public. If someone overhears you and has bad intentions, trouble could follow. Finding out who you are, and possibly even your address isn’t nearly as hard as it once was. Keep your private life private, and you lower your risk of becoming a victim in most cases.
Ensure Your Home Always Looks Occupied
When you do need to leave your home, it is a good idea to make it look occupied. Most burglars want to enter a home and steal things when no one else is around. There is a reason that the middle of the day is often the most common time for burglaries. This is because people are normally at work or out doing errands.
So whether you are out of town for a few days or even a smaller amount of time, it is a good idea to make your home look like it is always occupied. Having lights on a timer, having your neighbor check your mail and even having someone cut your grass if you’re gone are all good ideas. Any idea you have to make it seem like someone is home can be a very important deterrent.
Think Like a Burglar Thinks
If you can put yourself in the mind of a burglar, you will be better prepared to deter their actions. Be aware of how thieves work, what they look for and how they prefer to operate. For example, generally, burglars want to work in the dark and want as many options for hiding as possible. Knowing this could lead to you installing motion-activated lights and limiting the number of bushes or shrubs in your yard.
Also, take a look at your home and yard and think if anything makes you a target. This could be expensive items being visible, leaving windows open or a variety of other things. Even the position of your home can make you a target, as homes on a corner lot are often easier to access. The more you try to think like a criminal and put yourself in their figurative shoes, the more you will likely notice and be able to fix it before it becomes an issue.
In conclusion, we hope the tips in this article have helped you up your home security.