If the cost of a high-tech security system is beyond your means, consider these low-cost options to keep your home safe.
- Window shades -install window and door shades that make it difficult to see if someone is home.
- Lock it – Enhance your security by choosing a locking solution that includes a high-grade deadbolt and make sure all locks on doors and windows are used.
- Lights on, lights off – Put interior lights, TV’s, and radios on timers so that you can create the illusion that someone is home. There is nothing more suspicious than a porch light left on from dusk to dawn over a long period of time. Install motion or infrared-controlled outdoor lighting. Motion detector lighting is inexpensive and easy to install.
- A Little Landscaping – Prune or replace large foundation plantings; that way, intruders cannot hide behind shrubs while prying open a window or door. Low thorny bushes are also a deterrent.
- Neighborhood Watch – Form or join a neighborhood watch group. Such groups are effective crime deterrents because they encourage residents to be vigilant and to call the police whenever they see something amiss. They also provide information about crime in your neighborhood and work with police to improve response times.
- Guard your Garage – Don’t forget about garages and sheds. Always keep garage doors closed, even while at home, so thieves are not able to spot items they may want to steal later. Lock valuable items, such as expensive bicycles and grills with a chain and pad lock. Install padlocks on shed doors.
- All in the answering machine – When changing your status on social media don’t indicate whether you are away or not. Be careful when location tagging images on Instagram or checking in at out-of-town tourist spots. If you’re not sure whether or not you should type that post, wait until you’re back in town to share your vacation.
- Attention Car Owners – Keep car doors locked and windows closed. Never leave valuables, especially electronics or money in the car. If you must, put them out of sight. Use a locking device on your steering wheel in high-crime areas.
- Don’t Leave the Ladder – When engaged in a home improvement project, do not leave ladders in sight. They are an invitation to burglars. Don’t leave tools lying about that might be useful to an intruder such as a hammer or a pry bar.
- Technology – Money-saving, time-saving—and yes, sometimes even life-saving—the latest and greatest smart home technologies span from self-programming thermostats to voice-activated TV controls to video doorbells and beyond.
For peace of mind when you need to be away from home, contact Karen at HomeMinding Plus to monitor your home and care for you pets and plants. karen@homemindingplus or (613-878-4012).