Few people really bother about security until something happens to them or a neighbor. Little do people know know that the public’s complacent attitude is the burglar’s best friend and your worst enemy. There are many things the average person can do to make their home less of a target. The tips below will get you started on the right road.
Considering the amount of time we spend in our homes, there is no doubt to why we should spend so much time worrying about the safety and security within our homes.
An easy way to make your home feel safe is to lock your doors and close your windows. Always ensure that all you take time every week or fortnight to make sure all your external doors and windows are intact and cannot be easily forced open. If someone is scouting your home, they will see that you always use keys to enter, which is a good deterrent for burglars.
Invest in an external motion sensor system to trigger a main external light to light up your front step, which is an easy to afford option – lights scare prowlers off and they are also a sign to show that you are security conscious.
Investing in a basic home security system is worthwhile – if any exterior windows are doors are opened while the system is active, sirens will sound. Having your alarm monitored by an alarm monitoring company ensures you will have adequate help whenever it is needed. NB* Rapid response services are very affordable prior to contrary belief.
Consider investing in a fire-proof and water-proof safe if you have a higher end need for safety and valuable assets to protect. If you want to keep any irreplaceable documents, they need to be kept in a waterproof environment. Your safe should be bolted down to the floor; a burglar might not have enough time to break into the safe but he will carry it with him to open it later.
Learn about your neighborhood, and if your home is in a neighborhood with a higher rate of crime, consider installing burglar bars on windows. They are a visible sign of physical security. They say “Knowledge is power” knowing about the type of crimes that take place in your neighborhood better positions you to protect your family and valuables.
Keep your curtains closed – they make it harder to see in if someone is trying to figure out if you have anything worth stealing. By being private about what you have in your house you reduce your risk of having a break inn; burglars will never break in if they are not certain that they will find something worth their while to steal.
The safest home is one in a safe community. Be involved in your community – a strong community has a better chance of rejecting any negative criminal elements as well as supporting positive ones. Community programs like Neighborhood Watch encourage each member of a community to watch out for each other, and as a result, common crime in those neighborhoods is dramatically lower. Community programs help communities know each other making it easier to recognize those that do not belong.
Be Proactive – Planning ahead is how you stay ahead of the enemy. Before they strike, tighten your security. At home, get the necessary security in place. Feel free to contact us for a threat assessment of your residence.
Never Give Out Information Carelessly – This seems rather normal for most Zimbabweans, secret memos and data leak out of our lips either willingly, in pubs or even in an atmosphere of hysteria. Always ensure cogent information about you or members of your family are shared amongst those trustworthy. Never give vital information to persons unfamiliar to you.
Remember, the two things a burglar fears most are being seen and having to take too much time to complete the crime. Your security is in your hands and just as charity begins at home, Security begins with You!!
NB: when implementing community neighborhood watch programs, call on us – we can sit in and give you professional advice for no charge.