While it’s difficult to protect your home from professional thieves, most are done by amateurs. They are more easily thwarted if you employ some of these simple security precautions:
Plan to do it to yourself. You’ll discover any weaknesses in your security system that may have previously escaped your notice
- Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many just walk in through an unlocked door or window.
- Change all the locks and tumblers when you move into a new house.
- For the most effective alarm system, conceal all wiring. A professional looks for places where he or she can disconnect the security system.
- Your house should appear occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you’re not at home.
- If you have a alarm that frequently goes off, get it fixed immediately and tell your neighbors that it’s been repaired. Many people ignore an alarm that goes off periodically.
- A spring-latch lock is easy prey for those who are experts. It is only vulnerable when there is enough space between the door and its frame to allow an intruder to use power tools or a hacksaw.
- If you lose your keys, change the locks immediately.
- Before turning your house key over to a professional house cleaner for several hours, make sure the person is honest and reputable as well as hardworking. Check all references thoroughly. If the house cleaner is from a firm, call your local Better Business Bureau to check on the firm’s reputation.
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