Fortify Your Home: Security Tips to Keep Your Family Safe
by SSF | Last Updated Apr. 1st, 2013
A well-manicured lawn and redesigned living room don’t mean much if you can’t keep your home safe and secure. At its core, a home is a place for loved ones to eat, sleep and live in peace. Without a line of security, your home is vulnerable to criminals looking for a thrill or some quick cash. Spruce up your home to create the living space of your dreams, but don’t ignore the possibility of intruders. Protect your family and your home with these security-conscious tips.
Deadbolt the Door
The typical home invader isn’t equipped with expensive equipment and a cloak-and-dagger plan. Rather, he usually attempts to break in through an obvious entry point: the front door. Repel the majority of amateur intruders by installing a deadbolt lock on the door. Consumer reports recommends the Medeco Maxum high-security door lock. With excellent defense ratings against kick-ins, drilling, sawing and picking, the Maxum fortifies your door against unwanted guests. At $190, the Medeco Maxum is a worthwhile investment for the peace of mind and security you’ll feel every night before bed. Download installation instructions, a lock template and more information at Medeco.com.
Install a Security System
Early generation security systems demanded trained technicians and hours of labor. Modern technology has made installing and operating these systems easier, and the latest systems use smartphones to give homeowners even more security. The 2Gig Alarm Kit features an elegant touchpad control panel and 24/7 tech support. For an additional fee, Alarm Relay will monitor your system, alerting authorities when it recognizes activity. Installation is relatively simple, according to WSJ.com, and the control panel can also support lighting and air condition functions. It’s the 21st century, and excuses for not owning a security system have run dry.
Keep a Light On
One of the most efficient ways to deter burglars is to make your house a difficult target. They say light drives out darkness. In this case, light can drive away burglars. The right lighting can prevent intruders from targeting your house in the first place. Burglars often strike during the night under darkness, but outdoor lighting increases the chances that a neighbor will witness the act. Worried about the electric bill? Consider motion-activated lightning, which only shines when triggered by movement. If you’re not prepared to spring for outdoor lighting, flip on a light in the house that’s visible outside. Invaders are less likely to strike if they believe someone is awake.
Protect Your Identity
The modern thief threatens privacy and security, but it’s not in your home. Identity theft is the new digital trend threatening your security. Instead of breaking in to your home and taking TVs, stereos or artwork, identify thieves can gain access to your bank accounts from their couches. Chances are these cyber criminals have a leg up on you technologically, but you’re not alone in the fight to protect your identity. Get regular defense techniques, identity-theft news and information on additional protection from LifeLock on Twitter. If you want total peace of mind, LifeLock offers comprehensive identity theft protection, including daily monitoring and guaranteed fraud protection.
You may not want to show them off at your next dinner party, but increased home security will protect your family and enable you to continue DIY projects in peace.