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Keep your home safe in the run-up to Christmas

Try These Home Security Tips!

Make sure your home safe in the run-up to Christmas  


Many people assume that the only way to truly create a safer home is by installing an expensive home security system through a company looking to turn a profit. Thankfully, there are other options for people with a lower budget. Read this article for tips on deterring intruders from coming into your home.

You do not necessarily need an expensive home security system to protect your home. You can buy a dog. Dogs are great for home security. Not only will they protect your home while you are away, they are great additions to your family offering protection, companionship and additional security for your home.


Keep lights on in your home or put the stereo on when you are going on vacation. This is important as it makes it look like someone is there at the house, so burglars will refrain from taking action with a potential robbery. This will keep your house safe and protected.


To avoid being accidentally locked out of their own home, some people like to hide a key to their house in various outside places, such as under a flower pot, under the welcome mat or inside a fake rock in their landscaping. If you are guilty of this behaviour, stop immediately! Numerous home invasions occur because the intruder searched for a hidden key and found it. It will be less costly to call a locksmith than it is to replace your stolen valuables.


Make sure all exterior wiring is well protected or covered. 

Copper wiring is a favourite object for theft as it is often accessible from outside the home and can be sold for a great deal of money. Air conditioners are a prime target for copper thieves. Also make sure exterior power and phone lines are protected and not easily cut.


Do you have any exposed wires on the outside of your home? If so, hide them. Burglars will often try to cut off power to your alarm system or phone before breaking in. If there are wires that they can see, you are just making their job easier on them.


If you are moving into a new home, the first thing you should do to make your home more secure is to change the locks. You do not have to change the actual locks, a locksmith can re-key the locks to make them inaccessible with any of the previous keys.


Some wireless home security systems have additional features such as remote control of home systems. When both parents work full-time jobs, this system is convenient for checking on school-age children until they can get home. The system can also be used to lock and unlock doors and adjust the temperature level in the home.


If you have valuables, and you need a place to store them, look no further than the walls of your home. In between the studs is a lot of empty space, and you can easily store jewellery or anything else you don't want a burglar to have access to. Simply install a fake electrical outlet, and use it to take things in and out of the wall.


How much space do you have between your door and its frame? Having too much room here is like an open invitation for a burglar to use some sort of jimmy to get inside your home. You can reinforce your door with a thin piece of plywood or sheet metal.


Protect your home.  


Instead of thinking that the only way you can make a safer place for you and your family is by installing an expensive home security system, educate yourself on the alternatives. Never let a low budget sacrifice your ability to protect your family. 

Remember the tips, make sure your home safe in the run-up to Christmas.

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