Home Security Mistakes That Put You at Risk
Does your home security benefit from privacy gates and fences? Truly. In fact, they provide hiding places and cover for thieves. Too much privacy can allow an intruder to enter your home without being seen.
Each house and property has a unique design. But if possible, plan your privacy fence so that someone can see at least the main entrance from the street. Doors are still the most common entry point for criminals and a clearly visible door makes their job difficult.
These are the home security mistakes that put you at risk:
Hiding the keys outside
Many people hide a house key somewhere in the backyard. This is great if someone is looking after your home or accidentally locks themselves outside. Unfortunately, most homeowners "hide" their key in obvious places where a thief will immediately search. Don't put the key under the welcome mat.
The further a key is hidden from the house, the better. An item in disguise, such as a fake stone, is only useful if it is hidden among similar items, such as real stones.
Bushes very close to home
Like a fence, your landscaping options can make your home more or less friendly to people with bad intentions. Shrubs and trees leaning against the side of the house provide coverage in the same way as a privacy fence.
Correct this mistake by keeping low or sparse growing shrubs close to the house, and keep taller and denser plants further away.
You don't have to give up all your plants, just think a little more about where they are placed. Taller or denser bushes and shrubs are good against solid walls as long as the windows and doors are not obscured.
By following this advice, you will also avoid larger plants and trees whose root systems can damage your foundations and whose leaves can clog your gutters - usually the first step in curing a damp basement.
A better home security solution than static lights
Many homeowners respond to home security needs first by installing exterior lighting. They turn the lights on at the end of the day, or maybe they install a timer or light sensor so the lights turn on automatically at night.
While these light fixtures brighten up your garden, they also create dense pockets of shade that make great hiding places.
You can find a much better solution in motion sensors. You still have the lighting, but they can surprise anyone in the house and surprises scare most intruders. Also, sudden changes can attract attention. Motion sensors save energy by reducing electricity bills and longer-lasting light bulbs.
Visible valuables damage home security
In addition to measurements outside your home, also think about what can be seen inside your home. Many homeowners forget that windows create a two-way portal - just as you can see outside of them, a potential intruder can see inside.
If you have especially valuable items, consider whether they can be seen from a downstairs window, such as upstairs bedrooms, where jewelry or other valuable items might be on the dressers.
Some large items, like televisions, have difficult home security placement issues. In that case, close the blinds or close the blinds every night.
Package left by the curb
Many neighborhoods use curbside garbage collection and recycling. Don't leave the packaging of an expensive item, like a TV or laptop, near the curb. This conveys the presence of a new and expensive item in the home.
Solve the problem simply: use a knife to cut the packaging into smaller pieces and stack them in a way that doesn't show what they had before.
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