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5 Ways to Keep Your Home Perimeter Secure

Every 13 seconds a home intrusion is committed somewhere in the US. You always want to feel safe at home, and with the right preparation you don’t have to worry. These five home hacks will help keep your home safe from intruders.

Use Outdoor Lighting to Deter Burglars

Automated outdoor lighting is a great way to deter prowlers and burglars. These lights can be set to turn on automatically when movement is detected. Install them on porches, driveways, and walkways to increase security throughout your property.

Install a Deadbolt

Deadbolts are highly secure locks that make use of a solid metal bar that slides securely into place; a complex lock is used to prevent tampering. To maximize the security of a deadbolt, use deep retention screws. If deep retention screws are not included with the deadbolt kit you purchase, purchase some from the hardware store. They are inexpensive and will provide a much higher degree of security. Be sure to install deadbolts on all doors, including side entrances.

Use a Beware of Dog Sign

Intruders don’t need to know that you only have a small dog – or no dog at all! A sign warning people of a dog on the premises will do wonders to keep unwelcome visitors away. Place this sign prominently at the entrance to your property. Use multiple signs if you like. These are inexpensive and can be purchased at hardware stores or department stores.

Supervise Children During Play

We like to believe that fenced yards are highly secure, but the truth is that burglars and thieves often watch children at play. Kids can leave toys scattered on lawns, which act as signals to thieves that homeowners are inattentive. Some thieves will talk to children to learn more about the household. Kids can reveal names of pets, names of schools, names of parents, and other personal details that can be used to exploit a household. Supervising children during play will help prevent strangers from approaching them.

Install Security Cameras

Consider using a combination of visible and hidden security cameras. Visible security cameras deter burglars from attempting to break in to a home, while hidden security cameras catch thieves in the act. Both can be rigged to turn on when motion is detected; cameras can be connected to computers, tablet devices, and smartphones. Cameras can be purchased for just a small investment.

Make Security a Habit

All family members should become security-minded. Thinking seriously about security will help prevent break-ins.

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