Making Your Home Safe
Let’s look at the reality of life, we do not live in Mayberry, and Andy is not the sheriff. Here are a few tips I use when creating a safe environment for my primary dwelling during this busy time of the Christmas season.
- Install motion detection flood lights in the front, both sides and backyard. The motion flood lights I have blink 3-times when detecting motion, indicating an alarm may have been set off.
- Have a security company install an alarm system in your home and is monitored 24 hours a day. In addition, place a sign out front by your door that indicates you have home security. This signage will discourage intruders.
- Create the idea that you have a big dog in the backyard, even if you don’t own a dog, by placing a sign on the fence that says, “Beware of Dog” or “Attack Dog”. You can have signs created with your own custom warning of what you want to choose.
- During night hours, I have flood lights and porch lights illuminated. Remember, darkness does not like the light, and is deterred to stay away from light.
- Establish a neighborhood watch with about 3 houses on each side of your address and across the street of your address. Have a gathering to include a light menu of snacks to meet and share home security ideas. This meeting will allow your neighbors to exchange contact information.
- Have a backup lock system to your doors from an interior position like additional lock that can only be operated from inside.
These are but a few security tips for making your home a safe dwelling during this holiday season.