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Keeping your home and family safe isn’t always a tough task. There are some simple, affordable things you can do to create a safe living environment. Here are some cost-effective methods for securing your home.

When in the process of purchasing a home security system, be sure to comparison shop.  Be sure you get quotes from at least three companies before you decide on which one you think is the best option. Ask what equipment you’ll be receiving, what type of monitoring, price and if there’s a contract. Not all home alarms are created equal. Think protection when you’re buying an alarm system.

Don’t post information about an upcoming vacation anywhere on the web. It can be exciting to tell everyone about your vacation, but you could potentially be letting burglars know you will not be home. Sometimes, online, less is more.

Make sure that you change the locks once you’ve taken possession of a new house. You will want to have a unique combination to stay secure. Call a locksmith as soon as you can for maximum security.

Your garage should also be secure as burglars can get in through attached garages. A C-clamp can prevent a garage door from opening if the clamp is tightened on the door track near the roller.

People should never be able to see your valuables from outside your home. You always want to make sure you keep your valuables covered if they are by a window.

Get flashlights with good batteries, and have them in each room in case you lose power. Flashlights are essential since they let you move around in an emergency. Your kids should know how to work the flashlights so that everyone can help.

You need flashlights and plenty of batteries in each room just in case your power ever goes out. The flashlights are important because they make you able to get around the house in an emergency. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the flashlights are.

Before you let any service people into your house, thoroughly check his or her references. Conduct background checks if necessary. You can’t know for sure about the integrity of people you hire, and blindly giving them access to your home can be a huge mistake.

Proper landscaping enhances your home’s safety. Shrubs should not obstruct your doors and windows or fences, since burglars can use untamed landscaping as hiding spots, when they attempt to break into your home. Clean landscaping, especially without any trees or bushes by windows, adds an extra layer of protection to your home.