Personal Safety at HomeBy Frank Santamorena June 18, 2012 | 02:00 PMPosted in: Personal Safety, Home
your property will make you safer at home, and make your home and your
belongings safer will you are out. Here
are some home security tips for dealing with different situations you may find
yourself in. If you think you have an
intruder, only you can decide how to deal with the situation. Think about what you might do now-you might
not be thinking clearly in a real incident. You may respond differently if you
are alone in the house, or if there are other people there. You could make
noise and hope it puts them off, or keep quiet and hope they don’t come into
your room. You could keep a phone in your bedroom so you can raise the
alarm.This may also make you feel
safer. It is generally best not to challenge an intruder.
you come home and find a broken window or lights on, and you think there may be
a burglar inside, you may think it best to not go into the house. Go to a
neighbor’s house and call the police, or ring the door-bell-someone who should
be in the house will come to the door, whereas intruders are likely to run
at home does not have to be complicated.
Use a common sense approach and simply remember some basic home security
tips. When you go out, always lock
the door and close the windows-even if you are just going out for a short time.
Window locks, especially older windows, will help stop people getting in (and
remember, a burglar is less likely to break in if they have to smash a window
(simply because they do not want to cut themselves). If you have deadlocks, use
them. They make it harder for a thief to get out again.>But don’t leave the key in the lock or nearby
in an obvious place.Don’t leave spare
keys outside or in a garage or shed, and put car keys or garage keys out of
sight in the house.Better yet, get a
key lock box for your spare keys. Use timers for lights and radios if you need
to be away from your home overnight. They will create the impression that
someone is in.
burglar alarms, good lighting, and carefully directed security lighting can put
burglars off.But make sure that lights
don’t disrupt your neighbors, and that the audible siren and the home alarm
reset themselves after 5 minutes. Fences at the back of the house may make the
area more secure, but walls and solid fencing may let a thief break in without
being seen. A good compromise is a chain-link fence, or trellises with prickly
shrubs. Having something as simple as a door chain means that you can open the
door a little way to talk to someone who you may not know, outside.
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