Did you know that they mark National Home Security Month every October in the UK? You’re probably wondering why an entire month needs to be set aside for home security. What more could there be to keeping your home safe? After all, you lock your doors. You keep your eyes open. What more do you need to do?
Unfortunately, the statistics point to people not doing nearly enough. According to Forbes Magazine, 1.7 million homes are broken into here in the US annually. Most of these robberies take place between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. Even worse, the burglars are in and out within 8 to 10 minutes.
Even though home security should be on your mind year-round, this October you should see how you can make your home more secure.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, burglars know that homes will be filled with expensive gifts and electronics. Protect yourself and your family.
Install An Alarm System
According to a Safewise study, 60 percent of burglars say they check for security alarms in a home and would be deterred if they saw one.
Imagine that. You can cut the odds of your home being robbed by the installation of an alarm alone.
Given how quickly the average burglary takes place, thieves don’t want anything that will slow them down or call attention to what they’re doing. Alarm systems do both.
Get a monitored camera security system.
Going back to some of the statistics we mentioned earlier, most burglaries take place when you’re at work.
A CCTV system monitored by either yourself or a security company will significantly decrease your break-in risk. Thieves won’t want to take the chance that they can be seen or recorded during the act.
Recorded video makes it easier for the police to investigate the crime as well as identify those who committed it.
Check Your Door Hardware
Of course, your locks are important. But most people tend to focus all their attention on them, neglecting the other parts of their door.
There’s no point to have top-of-the-line locks if your door can be kicked off its hinges or broken with enough pressure.
Check your hinges and door plates to see that neither can be easily removed. Replace them if they aren’t. Make sure your door is made of solid materials.
Consider a ‘Fake TV’
Burglars have a favorite time of the day to break in. They also have preferred conditions. One of them is that no one should be home.
If you like to go out, consider getting a “fake” TV. These are devices that imitate the look and sound of television being on in your home. They are small devices that are set up easily and are budget-friendly.
Remember, burglars are casing your home. Anything that will cause them to re-think breaking into your home will save you time, money, and inconvenience.
Consider purchasing a home safe
Burglars don’t have the time to search your home exhaustively. A well-hidden home safe can frustrate even the most determined burglar.
Even if they find it, they won’t have the equipment to open it.
You can hide smaller valuables like jewelry and money. You can also conceal other items that have resale value and are dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands like your guns or prescription drugs.
Secure Your Car
When thinking about home security, most people forget their cars, choosing to focus on the interior of their homes.
Park your car in your yard or your garage if you have one. If you live in an apartment and have to park in the street, try to choose a well-lit area.
As the month progresses, these are just some things you can think about. If you decide there are things you’d like to change about your current security set-up, don’t hesitate to call us. You can reach us at 1-305-984-9922 or check out our website at https://www.quicklymiamilocksmith.com/.