If you own a home, you know outside work, everyday chores, and family duties add to your household’s to-do list. With so many duties, it is easy to neglect the security of your home. According to the FBI, burglaries of residential properties accounted for 62.8% of all burglary offenses. The average loss from a burglary is $2,661. With these sobering statistics in mind, here are four ways to level up your home security.
Put Your Mail Put on Hold
A mailbox piled with days of mail and fliers is often a giveaway to criminals. Don’t draw attention to your home by leaving it unattended. While you can ask a neighbor to empty your box and keep your porch clear of fliers, sometimes neighbors are unavailable. A good practice is to ask your post office to put your mail on hold.
Assess Your Landscaping
An ideal target for a burglar is a house surrounded by large hedges and shrubs, blocking visibility from the street and neighbors’ homes. Consider trimming the yard’s bushes and hedges to three feet or shorter. Tall hedges and bushes can create a hiding place for criminals. Lower shrubs also increase your neighbors’ visibility, who can report suspicious activity.
Install a Surveillance System
A home surveillance system is an ideal way to optimize your home’s security. Depending on your need, the essential parts of a surveillance system, whether for one room or a whole house, are cameras and a recording device. A basic set up would be to install cameras around the home and to install a video doorbell to keep an eye on who’s outside the door.
Store Your Valuables
Even with the best surveillance systems in place, thieves are creative and can find a quick way into your home. Valuables take up space. The best way to safeguard your valuables is to put them in a storage unit.
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