The following contribution is from another author.
Chances are, you are currently spending far more time in your home than you usually would while trying to protect yourself, your family, and other members of society from the spread of the new novel coronavirus. The good news is that in most areas, crime rates are currently low, and certainly, that home burglary isn’t as prevalent, as our homes are spending less time empty.
But, that doesn’t mean that your home is perfectly safe. Unfortunately, that will never be the case. There will always be crime, and your house will always be at risk. This risk grows when we are thoughtless, and reduces when we take the best precautions to keep our homes safe. So, let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can increase your home’s safety, whether you are in it or not.
Protect Your Packages
Have you ever had a package stolen when it’s been left outside your home because no one was in? Most of us have at some point, but the bad news is, if it’s happened once, the thieves will remember you. You’ll become a target, and they may start to wonder about the security of the rest of your house. Don’t present an easy target. Instead, take a look at parcel lockers so that you’ve always got a safe space for parcels, and you never need to leave them unattended.
However, while considering ways to protect your packages outside, it is useful to consider ways to secure yourself and your family inside against break-ins and other dangers. For example, there are safes you can use to protect valuables. And only authorized people will have access to it. You can also install window locks, invest in curtains, or get guard dogs.
Add CCTV and Other Security Tools
CCTV, outdoor lights, sensors, video doorbells, and other modern security tools can give you a great way to take care of your home and protect it. Install what you can, and keep it all in good working order.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
Crimes rates are generally much higher in areas with a lack of community spirit. In years gone by, when neighborhoods were friendly and thriving, local crime was lower. If you know your neighbors, they’ll keep an eye on your home when you are away, and if your area is known as tight-knit, criminals may avoid it.
Get into Good Habits
Believe it or not, one of the best things that you can do to protect your home is merely getting into the right habits. Lock your door when you come home for the day, close the curtains when the sun goes down, and keep anything valuable out of sight.
Enclose Your Garden
A garden with low fences might allow you greater contact with your neighbors and improve your view, but it means that your back garden, and so home, are easy targets. Fit a high, lockable gate and consider enclosing your yard with tall fences to add an extra layer of protection.
Look After Windows
Your windows can also provide an easy access point. Repair or replace any broken or damaged windows, check seals and locks and upgrade to more secure options if yours are particularly old and lacking in security features.
Check Your Smoke Alarms
Of course, crime isn’t the only risk to your home. You should also check your smoke alarms regularly and replace batteries whenever it’s needed.