As far as I'm concerned, home safety boils down

by:Unigreat Smart Bulb     2020-09-09
Things that won't cost you a cent: You don't have to turn your home into a fortress or spend a lot of money to make your place a heck-of-a-lot tougher for thieves to penetrate. In fact, there are a few things that won't cost a cent. I'm thinking here about keeping your doors and windows locked whenever possible, the garage door shut, letting trustworthy neighbors know and canceling newspaper and mail deliveries when you're going away, and fixing those shaky old fences. Don't hide an emergency door key outside thieves know all the 'secret' places you believe they'll never think of, including that little bunny-rabbit figurine with the hidden compartment underneath. And be wary about trusting a youngster with an entry key. Give it to a relative or neighbor. Don't even keep your main key with items that identify your address, and never leave it in your car. While we're on the subject of cars, you do always close your windows (leaving breathing space for pets if you have them) and lock the doors when you leave it, don't you? And, of course, you never leave your engine running while you dash across to the ATM? A friend of mine has never seen his cherished sports coupe since he did that a few years back. Low budget route to peace of mind: Here's a comforting thought. When you spend just a small amount of money to improve your home security, you substantially reduce the risk of being burglarized. Even better, you may be able to cut your insurance premium by up to 20% different insurers have different rules, so you'll need to investigate this. You can buy a window lock for less than a dollar, a door safety chain for a couple of bucks, and a peephole that lets you view visitors before opening the door for just a little more. They're all simple to install but, if it's beyond your ability, find a friend, neighbor or relative who can help. If your door locks and latches are old, or if you lost a key, replace them, making sure the new ones have a deadbolt at least one inch long. If your door has glass that a thief could break to reach through to the handle inside, consider a double deadbolt that has a key lock on each side BUT always leave the key in the inside lock when you're at home, otherwise you won't be able to escape in an emergency. Beyond this, we're talking home security alarms and detectors, but again it doesn't need to cost you a fortune. As I write this, I just did a quick check online and found systems at one big Internet retailer starting from as little as $25. It was wireless too easy to install, with no messy wiring to do. However, I'm not necessarily saying this is the way to go. It depends on your neighborhood crime risk, your personal vulnerability (for instance if you live alone) and your budget. You generally get what you pay for and this is an area where you might want to consult a professional both about your needs and to do the installation. But if you do this, make sure you get two or, preferably, three competitive bids. More sophisticated systems might include audible external alarms, external lighting directed at your home, cameras, internal motion sensors and even direct links to the security company that alerts them if your home is broken into. You can get more information on these options, including local experts from the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association at
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