Crime happens when you least expect it, and they can happen in any neighborhood. No matter where you live, it is smart to be prepared for crimes that may happen in your home such as a break in or burglary. Here are 5 helpful crime prevention tips for homeowners.
- Make your home look occupied. Leave lights on inside the house and possibly keep the television on or play some music on the radio. This will give the impression that someone is home, even if you are out at work or running errands. Burglars are much less likely to even attempt to break in if there is a chance they may get caught. They would prefer to break into a home that looks empty or if it looks like everyone is sleeping.
- Lock up your garage. Sometimes homeowners will forget to lock the garage door or leave it completely open. This is an open invitation to burglars especially if your garage is connected to your home. If it isn’t, burglars will still have access to anything in your garage such as toys, machinery and other expensive tools.
- Never leave a spare set of keys under the doormat, a flowerpot, or in the mailbox. Many homeowners do this as a backup incase they need a neighbor to be able to access the house or in case they forget their keys and lock themselves out. While it is smart to have a backup plan, leaving the keys to your home out in the open is a recipe for disaster. Instead, leave a spare set of keys with a trusted neighbor in case of an emergency.
- Keep a specific and detailed inventory of the valuable possessions you have in your home. You can keep this list somewhere safe outside of the home and list a description of the item, its value, when you purchased it and any other relevant information such as serial numbers. Keeping this list out f the home in a place such as a safety deposit box or a storage unit will ensure that you still have the list in case of a disaster such as a fire or flood where other items may be lost or destroyed.
- If you are away, don’t allow mail to build up in your box. This signals to potential criminals that you have been away for an extended period of time and do not currently inhabit the house. Instead ask the mail service to hold your mail at the facility, or ask a neighbor to collect your mail for you so that it doesn’t accumulate in your box.
All of these tips can help you to keep your home more safe and secure. They will help to keep potential criminals or burglars at bay, and will protect your home and family from possible danger. Learn more about crimes on sites like www.shooting.org. If you are ever nervous or suspicious of activity around your home or that of a neighbor, do not hesitate to call 911 and report this suspicious activity so that is can be addressed before a crime occurs.