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Owning a home is a big investment, and you want it protect that investment. Home security should always be top of mind for homeowners, and with a few tips you can protect your home a bit better:

 

  • Keep ladders locked away in garages or sheds. Having ladders 'hidden' outside is an easy outleat for burglars to get into your unlocked windows, etc.
  • Beware what's in your trash. Keeping your personal information (on bills, etc.) or having expensive items in the trash on the curb, gives burglars a lot of insight into your lifestyle.
  • Stop your mail from coming when you are away. A pile of newspapers and mail on your front step tells burglars you're not home.
  • Keep your landscaping up to par. Untouched bushes and dark spaces are great hiding spots for burglars.
  • Keep your alarm systems out of view from the outside. If a burglar can view your alarm system before they enter, they can tell if it's armed properly and prepare for what's in store.
  • Careful what you post on social media. Just be aware that anything you post online can be viewed by someone else; are you telling your potential thief how long you'll be away?
  • Dark houses attract burglars. Ensure you have some lights on or something that would give the impression people are home.
  • Change the locks: don't assume that the old owners of your home have handed over all of the keys, take the time to change your locks, and only provide keys to the people who really need them. 
  • Double check your sliding doors: ensure that all of your sliding doors fit within the frames exactly. If there is room for extra movement, it means there is room for someone to jab a tool in there for a break-in. 
  • Invest in an alarm system: an added layer of security and peace of mind, is to actually have an alarm system installed. Sometimes just the presence of the sign saying your home is protected, is enough to deter burglars. 
Do you have some other home security tips we missed? Please let me know about them!

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