Top Home Security Tips and Tricks

Home security is mostly common sense. Here’s our top home security tips and tricks:

  • Do not leave a ladder outside your home. A thief could easily use it to gain entrance to a second story window.
  • Always ask for ID when service men come to your home, and do not be afraid to call the company for verification.
  • Do not keep excess cash around the house; keep it in a savings or checking account.
  • Take pictures of your heirlooms and personal items for later identification.
  • Mark all electronic equipment with a permanent etching of your name and driver’s license number or social security number. This helps to identify the property and makes it hard for the thief to sell.
  • Never leave notes on the door announcing your absence. You are letting the thief know exactly how much time he has to ransack your home before you return.
  • If you notice a strange vehicle parked on your street, make a note of the license plate number. If you see strangers sitting inside the vehicle, notify the police.
  • Purchase a timer that will turn on your lights automatically and light up your house while you are away.
  • If you are going on vacation, or plan to be away for a long period of time, arrange to have your lawn mowed, leaves raked, and snow shovelled.
  • Have the post office hold your mail until you return.
  • Leave your furnace or central air on low so that the motor can still be heard. This tells the burglar that you will not be gone long.
  • If you arrive home, only to find that the door is open, DO NOT go inside. Instead, go to a neighbor’s house and immediately call the police. There is a chance that the intruder is still inside the house, and you do not want to put yourself in danger.

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