Have you taken the necessary steps to keep your home and your family safe from thieves? One of my immediate neighbours had a break-in last year and I keep re-playing what the attending police officer had to say about protecting our homes from burglary, over again in my head.
Nobody should ever have to deal with the violation of a stranger breaking into your home and haplessly ransacking your possessions; helping themselves to whatever they can sell and make money on.
If you haven’t thought about securing your home before now, I am going to share the advice I received from the police officer about how to protect your home from burglary:
- Install an alarm system and display security signage (usually provided by your security company for free)
- Install outdoor security cameras, preferably with night vision
- Keep lights on around your property so neighbours and passing cars can clearly see your home
- Trim overgrown trees which obstruct the view of the front of your home
- Dogs are great companions and double as security, even a small dog can deter intruders
An important tip that I want to add is be careful about the personal information you offer to share with others, especially when you don’t know who could be listening. I’m not suggesting that you be paranoid but it’s wise to be aware.
Recently, I was waiting to pay for fuel and a petite senior lady was checking her lotto tickets and buying some new ones. After she got her tickets, she started walking away. I stopped her and said “oh you don’t want to leave without your winnings” and her reply was “I have way too much money!” I giggled because I thought she was joking and she replied “seriously!” I think that’s wonderful for her, however, it’s not info that anybody should be loosely sharing with strangers. Strangers that you don’t know anything about; and whether they prey on people who nonchalantly offer lucrative information. The same applies to oversharing sensitive information online.
I strive to make home security a priority. Are you?