With the world being as it is, we all wish to keep our families out of harm’s way. However, wishing safety upon everyone isn’t enough, so it’s necessary to make sure that your home is truly safe and secure for your whole family.
Most of the time, you only need to do so much to see drastic improvements regarding your family’s safety. Therefore, you should not look at the cost and effort needed to make your house safe from intruders and other accidents. So, here are some tips that will help you upgrade your home security.
Check the alarm systems
In most homes, there are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, which alerts the fire department so that they can react immediately if needed. It is a must that you check these detectors regularly, and change their batteries as well. Remember to clean them out as well, because built-up dirt and lint can hinder how the sensors work, and in the worst-case scenario, you will be left without an alarm.
Moreover, make sure that the alarm system for security is in perfect shape as well. Otherwise, you need to call your security agency immediately. Home security is extremely important, and you should put it on the must-do list.
Secure your Wi-Fi Network
Many people tend to believe that the Wi-Fi network is harmless, but if you leave it unsecured, it can be quite dangerous, especially if you own a smart home or use home automation. It’s essential to point out that your home network is a direct pathway toward your sensitive personal info that should never end up in the wrong hands, so make sure to secure your Wi-Fi network, and also install antivirus protection. Aside from that, creating strong passwords that aren’t easily cracked, can be an extra layer of protection, together with using a firewall and securing your wireless router.
Buy a safe to feel safe
Having a secret place where you stash your most prized possessions is always a good idea; however, unless you are at home and able to thwart the intruders, they will find it eventually, and you might lose something extremely important. To prevent that, it’s recommended to buy a safe and keep it somewhere far away from prying eyes (and hands). In case you own a firearm, then buying a handgun safe with a biometric lock is a great option, mainly if you have kids who love snooping around. This way, you’ll keep your gun securely locked, and you won’t have to worry about your children finding it.
Never leave notes lying around
It is important not to leave notes for service people to read, as it will be a clear sign for the burglars that they are more than welcome to come in to take what they like. Make sure that if you need to remind someone that your home will be empty, and nobody will be around, do that over the phone so that only you and they know that.
Furthermore, only notify close family and neighbors you trust that you will not be around for a longer period of time, in case anything happens.
Leave a trace
Most homes get robbed when nobody is around, and it is a good practice if you leave the lights on, and if you install sensors, it is even better. Moreover, setting the ringing volume of your landline to the lowest so that it does not give away that nobody is home is also a good idea.
Also, remember to ask your neighbor to visit your home, so that it looks like the place is occupied and deter burglars.
Keeping your home safe should be your top priority, especially nowadays, where everyone’s info is easily accessible online. Additionally, always refrain from posting personal information online, mainly things like your home address and financial information. If you follow the above-mentioned tips, you can be sure that your home will be protected no matter where you are.
Tracey Clayton is a working mom of three girls, passionate about traveling, marketing and everything tech related. Her motto is: “Live the life you love; love the life you live.”