When you leave for vacation or going out of town, have you done enough to protect your house from unwanted visitors? Can you compare the security of your house to the floor that you cleaned when your first child arrived? It takes that much attention, but not so much work. Here are some suggestions to make you feel more secure when you leave home.
Securing your windows. You’ve locked the window, did you check to see if the window can still open. If it’s loose, someone could break into your house using that exact window. There are safety guards that you could do to secure your windows. Even if your home has an older, non hung window, don’t worry. You can buy latches anywhere from under $1 to over $5.
Door jams. Doors are locked through a key, but can they wiggle the door jam. Can they place an object under or through the sides of the door. Have a repairman replace your doors or adjust your doors so they are secure.
Lost keys. Remember when you lost the key to your house. You may have used a second key to get in, and stopped searching for the first one. Or you could have broken the lock or had a locksmith to open the door. You fixed the door, but what about the missing key? If you think someone has unwanted access to your personal belongings, has entered your house often to know where your keys are, it may be someone you know who took the key and uses your home without your permission. When you lose the key, change the locks also.
Other ways to access your home. Check other possible entrances, including vents, foundation entrances and basements. Entrances for access to under your house can be secured with a padlock or with a new entrance available for under $50 and of course basement windows or doors can be secured or locked from the inside.
For added security, install security cameras or security systems for $300 or less. Some come with a base monitoring system with little or no monthly fees, like the Smart Kit from Lowe’s. Minimize your worries.
Courtesy of Lowe’s home security items, www.lowes.com