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How Secure Are You at Home?

Your home should be the one place where you feel the greatest sense of security.

That said do you sense you are as safe as you can be in your home?

If not, what might you do to change that feeling moving forward?

Get a Sense of Security in Your Residence

So that you have a better feeling of security in your home, here are some things to consider:

1. Layout of home – Start by going over the layout of your home. Depending on the square footage and outdoor space, you may or may not have a lot of area to cover. If you feel there is one or more vulnerabilities, work on them first. For example, maybe you sense you need more lighting for the evening and early morning hours. You might also sense not all your doors and window offer as much protection as they could or should. By doing a thorough review of the home, you will be in a better position to make necessary changes.

2. Areas of entrance and exiting – Make sure any entrance and exit areas are as secure as can be. As an example, are you confident all your doors are doing the job of keeping you safe? From folding patio doors to other doors at the front and rear of your home, find ones that are secure. Your doors should also offer you some view of people coming to your home. If you have trouble seeing who is outside, it could put you in potential danger. Last, you want doors that you can easily maneuver to get in and out of the home. This is especially true if you have young children in the home. You don’t want them being stuck outside because a door closed behind them. That is when they ventured out unbeknownst to you and they can’t get back in.

3. Alarm system – If you do not have an alarm system, any chance of getting one soon? Such systems can help alert you to intrusions. For many homeowners and renters, home security systems are one of the best buys they can make. Having that feeling of being more secure in one’s home can lead to a more peaceful night of sleep at the end of the day. Be sure to shop around to see which brands get the top ratings from consumers in their homes.

4. Neighborhood watch – Do you have a neighborhood watch program where you live? If the answer is no, now might be a good time to consider starting one. Having neighbors watch out for one another is a great way of keeping things secure. It is also an opportunity to meet some folks in your neighborhood you may otherwise not meet up with. Start talking to some around you to see if there is interest in such a program.

5. Use commonsense – Finally, use some good old-fashioned commonsense. By not leaving doors and windows wide open, using proper lighting and alarms, you can stay safer.

If wondering about your security at home, now would be a good time to consider what needs attention.

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