16 Oct Tips to Protect Your Home Safe from Being Burglarized
Earlier this month, we posted a blog about the types of things you should and shouldn’t keep in an in-home safe. We also talked about the importance of making sure your safe is securely bolted to a wall or floor, because otherwise, burglars could run off with it.
For this post, we wanted to discuss some of the other steps you can take to minimize the chance that your in-home safe could be targeted by burglars.
Close it and lock it
Burglars are experts at picking targets. It doesn’t matter if you live on the beach, at the end of a cul-de-sac or in a multi-million-dollar neighborhood. Any home can be a burglarized. Consequently, you’ll want to take some commonsense measures to keep your home secure, such as making sure that all doors and windows are locked when you’re not home.
You’ll also want to keep windows and doors that lead into your garage, locked and bolted at all times. One homeowner we spoke with recalled how his garage had been broken into on Christmas day. He and his family were in the living room unwrapping presents, and at that same time, burglars had let themselves into the garage through an unlocked door. During the break-in, the family lost thousands of dollars of recreation and sporting equipment.
Install an alarm
In some cases, seeing an alarm sign is enough to detect wrongdoers. And while an alarm sign is good, visible security cameras are better. If you do choose to install an alarm system, be sure to conduct periodic tests to ensure everything is working properly.
You may also want to consider installing a video doorbell system. These systems connect to an app on your smart phone, which will alert you every time your doorbell is rung. You’ll not only be able to see who is at your door, you’ll be able to communicate with them by speaking into your home. This will give people the impression that you’re at your residence, regardless as to whether you’re in the kitchen or on the beach.
Other important measures
Remember that times have changed. The days where it was safe to leave an extra house key under your doormat are long gone. Remember to lock your storage sheds, keep valuable items away from windows and don’t allow strangers to come into your home.
Lastly, if you’re planning on being away for an extended period of time, call Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge to learn how we can help protect your home in your absence.