These are probably the types of things our moms would tell us. The simple steps to make a part of our routine, which are also the things we are likely to forget in a hurry. Many of us do not follow these simple steps that could make it tougher for burglars to break into our houses. For example, many people let their absences be obvious or do not remember to lock doors and windows, both of which are signals to thieves. In addition to house safety, it’s always a great idea to be insured. A home insurance policy could save you the financial burden of losing possessions due to a theft or a mishap. Following are tips for homeowners on how to protect your home and family.
- It is always a good idea to change the locks on your new home when you move in. You never know who might have keys to your house. If your new home does not have deadbolts on all ground level doors, think about installing them. If a sliding glass door is easily accessible, it is a good idea to put a strip of wood in the lower tract to keep outsiders from getting the door open.
- You may also want to install an alarm, that is if the house doesn’t already have one. If you move into a new house with an alarm, make sure you get accurate directions on how to operate it.
- Even if you step out for just a few minutes, keep the doors locked. Especially remember to lock all doors at night and when you go on vacation. Similarly, keep your windows locked. Check that all windows have locks when you move into a new house. If they don’t, install them or replace the window.
- Leave a key with a very trusted neighbour in case anything happens to your house while you are away, or in case you get locked out. It’s usually not a good idea to leave a key hidden outside your house, especially in urban areas. It is also a good idea to leave at least one visible light on, if not more.
- Don’t give repairmen a key, and don’t give people fixing your car your whole set of keys. Your house keys can be easily duplicated and your address can usually be obtained or you may be followed.
- Don’t let strangers into your home; always check through a peephole or via intercom. If you question someone’s identity, ask to see ID. Deliverymen and people on legitimate business will not have a problem showing you their ID. This is especially important to remember when you are home alone.