Investments such as your home, valuables or even your family could be at risk if they aren’t protected. Consider these top 10 Home Security Tips which can help you lower the risk of a home invasion or burglary:

– Don’t leave notes for service people or family members on your door. These act as a calling card for thieves.

– Be sure to check all your door and window locks after a visit from anyone you let into your home, ie – delivery personnel, service contractors, carpet cleaners. Thieves will unlatch a back window to return at a later time.

– Don’t let your alarm company install the control pad near the decorative glass of your front entrance. Thieves can look in and see if your control panel is armed.

– When securing your home, consider arming the windows on the second floor which usually access the master bedroom — and your valuables.

– If you must hide valuables at home, outside of a safe, try areas like the kids bedrooms or the laundry room. Burglars are less likely to go there.

– To ensure that your alarm will not be disabled if your phone line is cut, have a Cell Unit installed as a backup to your home security system.

– Use interior door hinges. If your door has hinges on the outside of your house, an intruder can easily remove the hinge pin to gain entry. For optimal home security, remove the door and reset the hinges so that they are on the inside of the house.

– Don’t leave toys or play equipment sitting in your yard. This means two things to a burglar: kids live here, which also probably means so does the mother – which equals jewelry! Also, really nice toys outside make me wonder what type of gaming systems you have INSIDE.

– Keep your vehicles locked even when parked inside your closed garage. Experienced burglars know that the garage door is usually the weakest point of entry followed by the back door.

– Burglars know to look inside your car for valuables and keys which could allow them to gain entry into your home.

By following these simple home security tips you’ll make your home much less attractive to a burglar preparing his next home invasion.

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