No one enjoys thinking about a home invasion, but according to a survey, more than 2.5 million homes are broken into every year. That is a home intrusion every 13 seconds. In this economic climate, are you honestly that surprised? Luckily, there are many actions you can take to help protect your home and family.
- Get a home security system. Probably the most obvious, there are an abundance of home security systems available today. The kind of websites that people normally rely upon can be found at sites such as selecthomesecurity.com, which are so easy to use that even children understand them.
- Consult with local law enforcement. The police are going to know more about what’s going on in your area than anyone else when it comes to crime. Reach out to them and find out what the trends are and how you can best defend your home. Police are here to serve and protect and they might even be able to offer some advice and put you and your family’s mind at ease.
- Don’t be a show off. Draw those shades at night and don’t give potential intruders a chance to window shop. If you are throwing out any large boxes (like the kind your flat screen, plasma television came in) consider breaking them down and stuffing them in the garbage can. Don’t give criminals a reason to let themselves into your home.
- Develop an escape plan. If you are particularly neighborly, you might want to get the people next door in involved. In the event of an emergency, consult with your friends and neighbors about potentially using their home as a safe zone. That way, in the event of an intrusion, your family has somewhere to run to.
- Conduct some home improvement. You should be able to see over any of the bushes surrounding your home – especially the ones closest to your door, trim them back if such is not the case and invest in some exterior lighting. Most hardware stores sell the kind with motion sensors that can shine a light on any trespassers that move into range.
- Man’s best friend. A dog can make an excellent addition to the family and protect the home, but not without the proper training. Be sure to consult with a professional if this is the direction you want to take. More than anything, you want your canine companion to be able to distinguish between a guest and an intruder.
- Home defense. Guns. This is a controversial topic and for excellent reason. If you have children in the house, I highly recommend you seek an alternative means of home security. Make sure you receive professional training and have a sturdy lockbox to store firearms in. You can also consult with law enforcement to get their opinion on the situation.