5 Ways to Protect Your Home’s Security

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Protecting your home’s security shouldn’t cost a lot of money or require a lot of thought. Start with these five tips. They’ll make your home a safer place that doesn’t attract burglars.

Eliminate Dark Areas Outdoors

Your yard could give thieves multiple places to hide while they scout your home for weaknesses. Make their jobs much harder by illuminating all of the dark areas of your yard.

In addition to installing lights, you should also remove any parts of the landscape that make it easy for burglars to hide. Trim your hedges and bushes; avoid planting wide, low-hanging trees; and keep your lawn clean to eliminate hiding spots.

Hide Expensive Items That May Attract Attention

Burglars prefer spending time on houses that have a lot to offer. They don’t want to risk breaking into a home unless they know they can steal some big ticket items like computers, 4K televisions, expensive musical equipment and jewelry.

Keeping valuable items out of sight will make your home a smaller target for thieves. Always put your jewelry in a box or drawer. Store expensive electronics in rooms without large windows. Hang your TV set in a cabinet. Whatever you do, make sure people can’t see expensive items from the street.

Home warranty products generally only cover fixing expensive appliances, not ones that are stolen, so you warranty will not cover theft.

Park Your Car in the Garage

If you own an expensive vehicle, then thieves will assume that you keep other expensive items in your home. It’s best to park your car in the garage. If you don’t have a garage, use a protective car cover to hide its make and model.

Hire a Home Security Company

Many home security companies offer comprehensive packages that include motion sensors, video cameras, window sensors and other devices.

When comparing companies, look for those that have wireless connections to law enforcement. Savvy burglars can cut landlines to prevent security systems from communicating with local police. With a wireless connection, you can rely on your system to alert authorities when someone trespasses in your home.

Use a Secure Wi-Fi Password

Wi-Fi security is almost as important as home security. If people gain access to your home’s network, they can potentially learn sensitive information, including your bank account numbers and passwords.

Start by using a strong password with random numbers and letters. Never use personal information like birthdays or names when making passwords.

You can add extra security to your network by turning it off when you don’t need to use it. No one can break into your network when you turn it off.

Improve your home’s security by taking a few common-sense steps that will prevent people from entering your property without detection. Take a close look at your home to find other ways that you can make its security features better.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Versus Reviews, where she is dedicated to helping readers compare popular products. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing has been featured on numerous websites in addition to Versus Reviews, including the Huffington Post and the Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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