Owning a home comes with literally hundreds of responsibilities. You have to make sure the bills are paid on time, you have to make sure your home is (somewhat) clean, you have to make sure you’re tending to any and all household maintenance needs, you have to make sure there are enough groceries inside at all times, and so much more. Perhaps the most important aspect of homeownership, however, is the act of actually keeping your home safe and protected.
Here are some great tips for keeping your home, your valuables, and your family as safe as possible in 2020 and beyond:
Invest in a home security system
About 2 million home burglaries are reported annually in the United States. Without a legitimate home security system, your home, everything inside it, and your family are in serious jeopardy. Criminals will stop at nothing to take advantage of hardworking Americans, but a solid home security system will certainly deter them from attempting to break into your home. You can decide whether or not you want to advertise that your home is protected. Both have their perks. If you hide the fact that your home is secure, a potential burglar will be blindsided by the alarm system once they attempt to break-in. Conversely, showing that your home is protected will likely keep these criminals away altogether.
Smart devices are great for home security and they are becoming much more popular. As of 2020, an estimated 45 million smart home devices will be running in U.S. households.
Install a protective fence
It seems simple enough but having a fence on your property is actually very effective when it comes to protecting your home. Sure, the average burglar can quite easily climb or even hop even the most secure of fences. But there isn’t a criminal on earth that can make this maneuver look inconspicuous.
Plus, fences are great for keeping any pets or young children inside your yard and out of the road!
Join or start a neighborhood watch program
U.S. homeowners paid approximately $88 billion in assessments toward community associations in 2016. Neighborhood watch programs are great for keeping entire communities safe. Whether you’re just moving into a new area or you have lived there for years, if you’re not part of a neighborhood watch, consider reaching out and offering your services. It’s not too difficult and you’ll be able to collectively keep your neighborhood safe.
If your neighborhood doesn’t have one, start voicing your opinion about starting a new program. Offer a few nights each week where you and your family can be on watch and then hopefully a few other people in your neighborhood will start doing the same!
Keep travel plans off social media
A huge mistake that families often make is to post their travel plans on social media. Sure, it’s a lot of fun to showcase how much fun your family is having at the beach while all your other connections are at work, but they might not be the only people looking at your profile.
Tech-savy criminals are constantly searching the web for families in their area posting from out of town. Once they see your pics of you relaxing across the country, they’ll start planning out how to break into your home. Instead, hold off on posting these pictures and videos until you and your family are safely back in your home. Nice try, online burglars!
Upgrade your exterior lighting and locks
Whether or not you have a home security system, you should always have quality locks on all your windows and doors, as well as have some sort of exterior motion lighting. A motion light will alert you whenever someone is approaching your home at night. And securely locked windows and doors will obviously be much more difficult to break into.
Hopefully, you’ll never have to worry about anyone even thinking about breaking into your home. But it happens. You need to do all you can to ensure the safety of your home and family. Good luck and stay safe!