It does not matter if you're home, out for the day, or on vacation, it's important to keep your home safe from intruders. Additionally, when your home is for sale it attracts more attention from people, so keep your home safe when you list it for sale by following these suggestions.
A Few Ways to Protect Your Home
Break-ins are often a crime of convenience. Most burglars get into people's homes through an unlocked door or window. Remember to:
- Always lock all your doors and windows.
- Have dead bolts on your doors.
- Never leave keys in hiding places outside the house.
- Keep your garage door closed and locked.
An added option for security is to install a solid wood or metal door with high quality door frames.
If you happen to be at home, when someone is trying to break into your home, you can trigger the panic button on your car to set off an alarm that can scare the intruder away.
When you're not home, give the impression that the home is occupied. Put your lights on timers; have a neighbor pick up your newspapers and mail, and take care of the garbage. Having bright lights outside around doors and windows discourage break-ins.
Additionally, secure window air conditioners to prevent them from being yanked out or pushed in. If you park in the driveway, don't leave your garage door opener in plain site. Burglars can break into your car and use your garage door opener to gain entry to your garage and also into your home. Remember to keep the garage entry door to your home locked!
Homes Listed on the Market
If your home is listed for sale, keep the lock box out of plain site. Plant shrubs or bushes under your windows to discourage prowlers; and keep them trimmed. This is also a good idea for curb appeal when selling your home!