by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)
It is not unusual to be concerned about the safety of your house and its valuable assets from the insatiable eyes of the thieves that can strike anytime in your house and wipe you off leaving you empty in your pockets.
Therefore, be assured, since thinking about the safety of your house is nothing but natural and the best thing is that you can do a lot to protect your house in that respect. Just like you take care of your computer by installing the latest anti-viruses, anti-spywares and other firewalls, protecting your house from the burglars is no more different.
It is important that you ask yourself some questions, which would help you to determine how safe your house is. They would include questions like whether you have ladders or any other tools that a thief could use to break into your house, whether you have any sort of alarm which could alert you of any possible break-in, etc.
If all these questions point out that your house isn’t safe from the burglars, it is about time that you do something about it.
Firstly, you have got to remember that thieves would generally avoid those homes that are always occupied by residents. However, mistaking this fact to mean that you family would be safe could be the greatest mistake that you could have ever made.
Burglars would stop from doing anything, which means that to get to the loot, they could even harm your family. However, you would be just as helpless when you have been robbed off your belongings when you are not there in your home at all.
Now that you know about the risks that involve with respect to a burglary, it is important that you be aware of some common sense that could come a long way with respect to protecting your house as well as its valuable assets from any possible break-in and the best thing about these tips is that it is much more easier than the pain staking installation of the anti-viruses that you do in order to protect your computer systems from any virus threats.
Don’t forget the keys:
Handing out the keys of your home even to your friends could be the biggest mistake that you may have ever done. It is important that every family member knows where exactly you keep your keys all the time so that you know what to do if any of them are missing.
Never use those traditional techniques of hiding your keys under the mat or in a flower vase, since that’s exactly where the robber would look for them in the first place. And always keep separate key bunch such as for your home, for your car, etc.
Strangers beware: this may seem like the same advice that your mother always gave you when you were a child. Never let any stranger into your house come what may. It is important that you teach your kids to follow this advice all the time. If someone needs some help and asks if he or she wants to make a call, don’t let them in your house. You can make the phone call for them if they really are in any kind of trouble.
Keep your doors and windows locked all the time:
This tip goes without sayings that in your absence, always keep your house locked, including your windows. This proves to be a great habit and it greatly reduces any chances of any break-ins. Locking the windows would also include locking the windows of your attic.
Don’t show off your valuables:
Your house is your home and not a museum or a jewelry shop where you put up all the valuables on display. Doing this is only inviting unwanted attention from the criminals who lurk around your neighborhood looking for an opportunity to strike big. A more logical approach is keeping these items in a safe place. When you have options such as custom safes to protect your valuables, it gives you peace of mind knowing your belongings will be well protected.
The last tip and probably the most important one would be to remain alert all the time. Home security systems are a good investment and if you don’t already have one, go get one right away.