If you’re just now buying a new house or you are thinking of moving into a new house, it’s important to take a minute to consider your safety. An FBI statistic reveals that a burglary happens every 14.6 seconds in the United States. If you are planning on moving into a new home, it’s easy to protect yourself using these five easy methods.
1. LOCKING ALL THE WINDOWS
When most people think of burglary, they imagine somebody in a ski mask breaking in through a window, but this is not usually the case. Burglars will check doors and windows on the first floor, but they can also use second-story windows if they are within reach.
Burglars know that second-floor windows are almost never locked. It’s important to make sure these windows, along with the ones from the first floor, are secured. For added protection, you can add extra window locks to your windows purchased from your local hardware store.
2. SECURITY SYSTEM
Although a security system may cost a moderate fee, they are indispensable when it comes to home security. Many burglars will avoid breaking windows and barging into a home if they see that a security system is armed.
Another point to keep in mind is the location of said security system. If it is nearby a window or glass, a cunning criminal could easily tell if the system is armed or not. Make sure to install the system somewhere less conspicuous, like a hallway.
3. CLOSING THE BLINDS
Many burglars will often stake out a home for days before they make an attempt to break and enter. One of the best things you can do as a new homeowner is to close the blinds whenever possible. Closing the blinds prevents stray eyeballs from peeking into the house and window shopping for your things. This seemingly small gesture could cause a thief to move on to another house.
4. REINFORCING YOUR FRONT DOOR
The majority of burglars enter the house through the front door. They usually do this by either picking the lock or by busting the door down with brute force. This makes having a strong door extremely important.
When you are in the process of buying a new house, it would be wise to make sure the door is a solid frame and not a hollow-core door. However, if you have already moved in, there is a cheaper option. You can fit a double barrel deadbolt lock into the door to prevent burglars from breaking a window and reaching in to unlock it from the inside.
5. KEEPING A BOLTED SAFE
Suppose someone was able to gain access into the house despite all your efforts. A safe is still a great way to protect valuables from damage or fire, but they may not always be the best way to prevent theft. Remember, a safe is a dead giveaway to a thief that valuables are hidden inside.
If a thief finds your safe, he might just take the whole safe to open later, but a bolted safe is fixed to the ground and immovable. A bolted safe could function as an in-home safety deposit box, as it is virtually impenetrable.
Burglaries happen to everybody. Most people may not assume that it will happen to them until their life is irreversibly damaged by the trauma of a home invasion. Finding the right home, in the right location, with all your security needs is a breeze with Cityscape Brokers.
Cityscape Brokers help clients through the home buying process and can help you and your family secure a safe future.
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