We all want to keep our home and family safe and secure but often don’t know the best way to go about it. Should we spend our money on a security system or should we just be diligent about locking our windows and doors? What areas of our home are thieves most likely to gain entry?
The Washington Post tells us that the number-one place that thieves gain entry is the front door. First-floor windows, back doors, and garages are the next three vulnerable spots of your home. Also, did you know that dresser drawers, bedroom closets, and freezers are the first places thieves will look for your hidden valuables? Think twice before using these three hiding spots and be sure to secure your most vulnerable entrances.
Obviously, we all want what’s best for our families but sometimes don’t have the extra money to put into high-tech security systems with all the bells and whistles. To help you feel safe and secure, we’ve searched 3 ingenious and inexpensive ways to protect your family and your home.
- Use a Baby Monitor
Baby monitors have come a long way since they were first developed decades ago. In fact, they have evolved greatly from being simple, plastic, walkie-talkies into essentially being mini-security cameras. Today’s baby monitoring systems actually have a few things in common with home security systems. For example, both products have video cameras with low-light capability. And, they can both wirelessly connected to a monitoring screen that you place anywhere in your home. In fact, the monitoring screen can even be your smart phone which is likely to always be with you as you move about your home.
Once your children have grown, and you’re finished using the monitoring system for them, you can repurpose it to watch your front door, office, or any other area of your house that you want to keep an eye on. If you have an advanced monitor that offers listen and talk capabilities, you might even be able to set it up in a way that enables you to talk to visitors at your front door when you’re not even home.
- Put Out Forboding Signs
Homes without security systems are roughly three times more likely to be broken into than homes with security systems. However, does a thief know if the security stickers on your windows and doors are real or not? Do you think they’ll want to take a chance?
Post security stickers and signs near all of your entryways whether you actually have a security system or not. If you have extra security stickers from a previous contract use those to deter break ins and burglars.
Another way you can scare away potential thieves is by affixing “Beware of Dog” signs and stickers that warn that there is a dog on the premises. Put all signs near the front of the house or on a front gate and even at the back door.
- Install Lights and Timers
Don’t give thieves any help by letting them know that you’re away from home. Burglars search for homes that appear to be unoccupied. Motion-sensitive exterior lights, interior lights and radios, and TVs that are on all give the impression that someone is home.
Use timers to make it look like someone is home turning lights on and off, even when you’re really not there. You can even find gadgets that create the look of a TV flickering which will make a potential thief think twice about breaking in if it looks like someone is home.
The bottom line is that burglars want to spend 60 seconds or less breaking into your home and will spend an average of 8 to 12 minutes looking around inside. Be sure to take measures that will turn them away from your house as a potential target. If you follow the above three suggestions and are sure to lock all windows and doors when you’re away, you might just change a burglar’s mind and save your family the anguish of having to experience a burglary.