How to Keep Your Home Safe and Secure

Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 4:50PM

How to Keep Your Home Safe and Secure

You’ve probably seen and read the news reports. Every day it seems like there’s a new wave of break-ins and robberies. In some cases, the thefts are devastating. The good news is that you can avoid becoming a statistic by following a few simple guidelines.

Security experts say burglars usually take the path of least resistance. That means they’re looking to make a quick heist and be on their way. When you make things difficult for them, crooks will usually skip your place. One of those methods is creating a solid custom home complete with the latest security measures to keep you and your loved ones protected at all times. Here are some of the other ways you can make safety a top priority in your household:

Practice Daily Vigilance

Robbers tend to focus on three main aspects when attempting to carry out their crimes: time, sound, and visibility. As mentioned, when you make it difficult for thieves to strike and leave in a timely manner, they’ll usually give up the fight. Also, crooks don’t like to draw attention to themselves. Often, a barking dog is enough to scare them away. A loud home alarm has the same effect.

You could also install security lighting outside your custom home. This accomplishes two goals in one. Burglars don’t like to be seen, either, so they’ll avoid visibility at all costs. It’s also wise to install video surveillance. This will help law enforcement identify would-be criminals. Ideally, the individuals will be caught, which will put an end to their degenerate activities.

In addition, making a daily checklist is helpful to ensure the long-term security of your residence. Ask yourself the following questions before you leave the house, or turn in for the night:

  1. Are all doors and entryways locked and/or secured?
  2. Are windows down and locked?
  3. Is the exterior of the property well lit?
  4. Are valuables hidden from outside view?

Security experts also recommend changing your schedule when possible. This helps avoid a scenario where crooks get to know your routine. When they’re aware of the times you’re not at home (and for how long), this gives them a perfect opportunity to make a move. However, keeping them guessing could prevent a robbery attempt.

Involve the Whole Family

Rather than living in fear, every person in your household has a responsibility and opportunity to help keep your residence safe. If any family member notices something off, they should be encouraged to immediately say something. Speaking up in this way could mean the difference between long-term safety and falling victim to a home invasion situation.

Ensure your front door is solid and free from potential defects. Use a heavy deadbolt and backup locking mechanisms. Burglars will actively seek out vulnerabilities to gain access to your home. As mentioned, thieves search for easy access. Loved ones must take care to fully close and lock doors and windows when they come home for the night. Make it clear that the last person to turn in has the responsibility of making sure everything is safe and secure.

If you’ve been the victim of a robbery in the past, starting fresh might be the best answer. When you build a new custom home, you get the peace of mind that your residence features the highest-quality materials and latest in anti-theft protection.

Choose a Great Neighborhood

While no one knows exactly what’s going on in the mind of a criminal, law enforcement experts say most crooks target specific areas where they know they can easily get away with their misdeeds. So, you can avoid becoming a victim by selecting a location that puts a priority on safety.

For example, when you live in a dynamic community such as Halifax Plantation, you can be sure that extra security measures are in place. That includes gated entry, well-lit streets, and more. Creative landscaping can also be a deterrent to would-be robbers.

In addition, neighbors here look out for fellow neighbors. That ingrained mutual respect is just one of the many ways this community stands out above others. Plus, with easy access to major highways, you’re just minutes from essential amenities and world-class attractions. Contact us today to discover how straight-forward, affordable, and rewarding life can be in Halifax Plantation. 

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