Home Security Tips for Inside Your Home
- The most common way for an intruder to gain entry into your home is by pretending to be someone else: a delivery person, solicitor, or even a police officer. Always ask to see identification and ask them to read the full address for the delivery (chances are that if they’re an intruder, they don’t have your address memorized!).
- If you don’t have a window by your front door, install a wide-angle viewer (or peephole). If you have children, make sure that they have a way to view the porch, too.
- Give some thought to your interior lighting plan. Make sure switches are easily accessible, or consider installing a centrally located master control panel. Also, when you’re away from home at night or early in the morning, leave lights on in different areas of the house each time you leave.
- Make sure all windows and doors are sound and lock securely. Consider inserting a length of metal or wood into the track of sliding doors or windows to prevent them from being forced open.
- Ensure that your blinds or curtains sufficiently cover windows or purchase coverings if you have windows that remain unprotected.
- Check location and functionality of smoke detectors. Experts can advise on the number and positioning of smoke detectors; a safe bet is one per room.
- Ensure that the rooms in which you spend most of your time have telephone access.
- Leave talk radio on when you will be away from home for longer than a few hours.
- Consider ways to switch up your schedule so that anyone monitoring your movements won’t be able to make easy predictions or assumptions about your behavior.
- Don’t hide keys outside! Give emergency keys to two family members or close friends who live nearby.
- Keep a log of all valuables and their worth, inside and outside, for insurance purposes.
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