“So thrilled for this holiday! a week in bliss!”
Don’t post such status on Facebook or other platforms of social media, as thieves have now become smart and reachedsocial media to scan for potential targets. Criminals can search for keywords on social media platforms to make a list of people who are going away from their home or have geotagged their locations or have put “check-ins” on social media. So, ensure that you avoid checking in or posting photos until you’ve returned home.
One of the major home security blunders that people make is neglecting to secure all points of entry every time they leave the house.
So even if you’re stepping out for mere 10-15 minutes to post a package or to walk the dog, ensure you fasten all the windows and doors of your home. Burglars are go-getters who are likely to seek an alternative target if they end up struggling to break into one entry point.
A poorly kept backyard and garden display that you have been away from home for a while. Also, overgrown greenery gives a place to burglars to hide.
So, don’t allow your home to become a scapegoat for criminals. Making sure the exterior of your home is maintained regularly and keep ladders or lawn chairs locked in a woodshed. Like that, thieves will have nowhere to hide and no tools available to help them barge-in.
Burglars and thieves love the shield of darkness. So, ensure you place them under the spotlight with outdoor security lights.
It’s also a great idea to invest in timed lights inside your house to confuse the burglars with the illusion that you are home at night, even when you're not.
Even though being an obvious one, this is the most overlooked home security basic. Probably you’re in haste, or you merely assumed that a burglary could never occur to you.
So, to dodge any such event, ensure you close your curtains each time you go away from the house or hide your assets to lessen the temptation for burglars.
Casually throwing extravagant packaging away like leaving it outside your home or close to your trash bin, can make your house a target for thieves.
So, if you purchased a new gadget like TV, handbag, Macbook, or any other valuable item lately, ensure to disintegrate the packaging and wrap it up before throwing it away.
One of the most surprising ways burglars examine your home is by knocking straight on your front door. There have been news reports on housebreakers pretending as salespeople or in some cases, they directly walk up to the door and knock.
Refrain opening the door to strangers and in case you do that, make sure to ask for ID. You can connect a front door security camera to see who’s at the entrance direct from your phone.
Maildrop full of posts and a porch stacked with packages is the best way to let people acknowledge you haven’t been back home in a while.
So, if you fail to be at home to receive a package or in case you’re going away on holiday, then assure to put your posts and letters on hold or redirect it to a trusted neighbor, friend, or relative. In this way, you will also evade package theft.
Home security cameras are proven deterrents to burglars. Almost 60% of burglars stated that they consider the presence of security cameras to be a hindrance when picking a target.
Ensure putting up visible security cameras outside your home along with installing some security cameras inside your home to monitor the thoroughfares of your house.
Hopefully, this article will help you identify any weak points that you might have in your home security. Make sure to implement these home security basics to protect your home and assets.