Maybe expensive security cameras, high tech lockdown devices, and gated communities make you sleep safer at night, but there are simpler measures you can take to deter the average burglar. As it turns out, the old school techniques that your grandpa uses tend to work pretty well. It’s pretty simple: burglars will avoid places that look like they’re occupied and don’t have anything worthwhile to steal. This post at Mom Prepares will help you beef up your home security, without spending a penny:
-DON’T leave spare keys hidden in obvious places – under flowerpots and doormats, or even above doorjambs.
-DO conceal electronics, valuables and other items that might be attractive to thieves by keeping your blinds and curtains closed.
-DO make it look like someone is always home. have your neighbors pick up your mail when you’re out of town, or buy a timer for your lights and TV.
-DON’T leave notes on your door telling friends, family or delivery workers that you’re not home.
Here’s my own tip: if you are leaving the house empty for an extended period or vacation, DON’T post about it on Facebook or other social media until you get back. Make sure someone knows where you’re going, but advertising “Hey, my house is going to be empty and unprotected for a week! Come steal my stuff!” on Facebook is generally not a good idea.
Photo Credit: Jamison Judd