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Easy Ways to Make Your Home Safer

Posted by Kirby Cox on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at 1:35pm.

No matter where you live, diligence when it comes to your security should be on your top priority. Here are a few tips to make your home more secure:

Change all the locks when you move to a new home

For you to avoid someone you don’t know from having access to your home, you should change all of the exterior locks whenever you move into a new home or if you lose your keys.

Install locks on all exterior entrances

Choose deadbolts with the highest quality to ensure the highest standards for your security. There are many quality deadbolts available in the market. Quality deadbolts should be installed on all exterior doors. Also keep in mind to look windows. Statistics show that 33.2% of home robbery are not forced entries meaning over 154,000 burglaries were thieves simply walking through unlocked doors and windows in homes and businesses.

Don’t leave hidden keys outside your home

That pot with the dried rose may seem a clever hiding spot for your keys but if found, it will allow easy access for your home. It’s better to leave a key to a trusted friend or neighbor.

Install exterior security lighting.

Most home entrances lack proper lighting. If you’re home entrance is dark, security lighting is a great idea to deter burglars and snoopers. Thieves do not want to risk being identified and often avoid areas with good lighting.

Install a security system like CCTV

A custom security system for your home or property increases the chance of the thief to be identified and to be caught. Security system is also a great way to deter thieves by providing the feel of surveillance once they see you have CCTV installed.

Minimize your landscaping

Even with great outdoor lighting, a large, dense bush or a big plant pot can be a great hiding spot for thieves while they jimmy your door and windows. Trim bushes, shrubs and remove any unnecessary things in your landscape. 

Avoid posting your whereabouts on line

Many social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Foursquare make it a popular practice to “check-in” locations. By doing so, it might alert robbers and give them a chance to plan on intruding your home.

Don’t store valuables in obvious places

Rarely used valuables should be placed in inconspicuous places. Avoid putting them in places that can be easily seen inside your home, under the mattress, the drawer and even a safety deposit box.

Install a peephole in your front door

Opening the door to anyone who rings places you and your home in a dangerous position. Without anticipation on which it might be, you risk your security. A peephole allows you to see who is at the door before you open it. 

Avoid admitting strangers inside your home

Burglars are artists of deception and are often creative in creating ruses to gain entrance at home. If someone asks to use the telephone, ask them politely to wait outside while you dial the number for them. Check the identification and background of home service employees before allowing them inside.

Northwest Calgary Real Estate areas are generally safe but keeping these tips in mind surely makes a difference when it comes to you and your family's safety.

Kirby Cox

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