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Keep Your Home Secure While You’re Away with a Video Doorbell System 4
Protecting Your Home from Cyber Criminals 6
Using Lighting and Timers To Secure Your Home 9
What 86 Convicted Burglars Can Tell You To Help You Beef up Your Home Security 11
You Can Keep Your Home Safe and Secure by “Robbing” It Yourself 14
5 Home Burglary Statistics That Help You Beef up Your Home Security 15
Advertising That You Have Kids and a Dog Can Keep Your Home Burglary-Free 20
Home Security First Means Getting to Know the Neighbors 21
How to Secure Your Home on a Budget 23
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Using Lighting and Timers To Secure Your Home
It’s time to shine some light on the subject of home security. Outdoor lighting that illuminates your yards and home can go a long way toward making your home less attractive to a burglar. While more than 50% of residential burglaries take place during the day, many happen at night. Removing any dark hiding places where burglars can lurk while gaining entry to your home is as simple as installing a few lights.
Installing lighting with infrared motion sensors also pays dividends during the day. Depending on how your home is situated, there may be areas on your property where trees or other homes block the amount of light that hits your yard. Motion activated lighting hits a would-be burglar with a blast of light whether it is day or night.
“Smart” LED light bulbs can be accessed via the Internet from your smartphone or tablet. No matter where you are you can switch these lights off or on anytime night or day as long as you have Internet access. You can even program these lights up to turn on and off on a set schedule without having to purchase and con-nect a timer.
Add Timers for a Second Level of Protection
Once you have your home and property well-lit, put your porch lights and interior lights on a timer. You can switch timers off while you are at home or program
them to turn off and on while you are sleeping so it looks like someone is up and moving around the house.
Timers work great when you are on vacation. They give your home the appear-ance that it is lived in when you are long gone. This is a simple and inexpensive tip that home security experts always recommend. Timers should be reprogrammed often. If a seasoned burglar notices your lights switching off and on according to an identifiable schedule, he may decide you are just using lighting timers and that you are not at home.
Engage Timers While You Are at Work
If you’re like most people, you may have a regular work routine. If someone is scoping out your home, they may notice you leaving and returning home at pre-dictable times on certain days. This is information that allows a thief to perfectly time the burglary of your home.
To keep this from happening, use your lighting timers during the day while you are at work. Change their schedules frequently. If you live close enough to work and you have the freedom to do so, go home during the day at different times. Even if you just pop into your home for a few minutes, that gives you enough time to change your timers and also show that there is physical activity around your home.
Combine Wi-Fi and Lighting
There are home security systems available today which tie into your Wi-Fi Inter-net access. This means if you are away from home, you can still access security systems, indoor and outdoor lighting, and timers. If you’re anywhere in the world that has Internet access, this adds the power of 24/7 availability to your home’s lighting system.
You can reset timers or manually switch lights off and on, further making it diffi-cult for a would-be burglar to decide whether you are home or not. Lighting fix-tures and electric timers are inexpensive home security items that can protect you, your family and your possessions. If you aren’t already, start using indoor and outdoor lighting to your home security advantage. Thieves would much ra-ther sneak around in the dark and shadows rather than having a bright light shine on their activities.
What 86 Convicted Burglars Can Tell You To Help You Beef up Your Home Security
KGW8 is a news station located in Portland, Oregon. A member of the criminal in-vestigation team at KGW was asked to produce a segment dealing with home se-curity. The enterprising individual decided to send letters to 86 convicts currently serving time for burglary in the Oregon Department of Corrections, asking them for their anonymous answers to 17 questions regarding burglarizing homes.
They were asked what time of the day they preferred, how they broke into the home and other details regarding the robbery they were arrested for, and other robberies they may have committed. Since the respondents were allowed to re-turn their answers anonymously, there is no reason to believe these convicted burglars weren’t honest about their activities.
Their answers to residential burglary-related questions are listed below, in the hopes that you can use this knowledge to devise a better home security plan for you and your family.
Q: How do you prefer to break into a residence?
A: The greatest number of burglars preferred an unlocked window or door. Al-ways remember that protecting your home, your family and yourself means mak-ing sure you are not a target of least resistance. It is very simple to lock the doors and windows when you leave your home and when you go to bed at night.
Q: What possessions or items do you look to target?
Credit cards, collectibles, cash and guns, electronics and jewelry were the most desirable targets of a home robbery. One of the convicted burglars said he would target homes where a National Rifle Association (NRA) sticker was on a vehicle or a window of a house in the hopes of getting his hands on guns.Other Details
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