Secure Your Home Against Theft
Everyday, families are faced with the issue of burglary which is on the rise nearly in every area of the island. Rental homes are as much targets of thieves as single-family dwellings are. The reality is that they may seem more appealing to criminals since they might believe renters are less inclined to take security measures to protect their homes. It is time to secure you home against theft. Realistically home security is as important for renters as it is for any homeowner. Taking steps to secure your home doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.
If you rent or own your home, consider taking the following steps to make your living space as secure as possible:
- Make sure all your window and door locks are in working order. (If you are a renter and move into a rental unit, the landlord should be willing to either change the locks or have the tumblers replaced. If he or she is not, invest the money and do it yourself. (make sure that you have permission to do so from your landlord).
- Get to know your neighbors. Join or consider founding a neighborhood watch organization in your area. Caring, watchful neighbors can be one of your best defenses against a break in. By getting to know you, they’ll also get to know who does – and doesn’t – belong on the property when you’re away.
- Look into renters / home insurance. You may be surprised at how little it may cost. Often it is a a small price to pay for protection against loss not just from theft, but from natural disasters, fire, etc. Most major insurance providers underwrite both homeowner and renters’ policies.
- Invest in a home security system. New technologies and responsive home security companies, like are making it possible for renters to install the same security monitoring systems in their rental units that homeowners place in their houses. There are some Security companies who offer wireless home security systems with an innovative program that allows renters to take the system and the monitoring service with them when they move. Historically, moving a home security system has been cost prohibitive for renters. Renters who wanted to move their service often had to have a new system installed in their new residence and pay fees associated with canceling service at one location and initiating it at a new site.
- Perform a mock burglary. Have someone walk around and through your house to look for things that aren’t secure. Are valuables out in plain sight? Can you see through the curtains into the home? A mock burglary can give you great insight into areas of your security plan that might need tightening up
- Find your resources. Find information on contacting the local police.
- Light up the landscape. The majority of burglaries occur during the day, likely when you’re at work. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to secure your home at night. Place lights around your front and back yard. Use lights that come equipped with motion sensors for added protection. An intruder might be less inclined to break in if there is a spotlight on them.
- Eliminate hiding places. Shrubs and bushes may give your house curb appeal, but they also provide burglars with a handy place to hide. Trim down trees and plants close to your home that could be used for cover and opt for smaller flowers instead.
- Add security signs. Many security providers provide yard signs, window decals, or stickers. They help to deter potential burglars. If you have them, put them up. If you don’t have a security system, weigh the pros and cons of fake signage. Sometimes the belief that there’s a security system inside can be as effective as actually having one
- Come up with a plan. It’s not enough to have security measures in place — you have to have a plan in case they fail. Sit down with your family and come up with a simple routine to help secure your home. Set rules for opening the door for strangers, locking the doors and windows whenever you leave, and using the alarm system. Make sure your kids know what to do should a break-in occur.