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You don’t need to turn your home into a castle to protect yourself when you are home and away. There are some basic steps you can take that will instantly help protect yourself and your family. These steps are simple, and most are basic commonsense. Here is the list of three basic steps to increasing your level of home protection:

Keep Your Front Door Locked When You Are Home And Away!

The vast majority of people lock their doors when they are going out, however when they are home they leave their front door unlocked. By leaving your front door unlocked, anyone who approaches your home can easily walk inside with minimal interruption. Whether it’s a door-to-door salesperson or a stranger, you need to make sure that their ability to enter your home is non-existent. Always keep your front door locked whenever you are home!

When Away For Long Periods of Time, Make It Seem Like Someone Is Home!

People forget that when they go away on vacations to make it seem like they are still home. There are some basic things you can do to give the general perception that someone is in your home, even when you’re away. Make sure your newspaper delivery is put on hold, get timers for your lights so lights will turn on and off daily, have a neighbor collect your mail if it’s placed outside the house or in a mailbox and lastly, if it’s winter, have a neighbor drive on your driveway if it snows, to make it seem like a car was there recently. Simple steps that make it look like someone is there, so a burglar will move on to the next home instead of breaking into yours.

Get A Home Security System!

Homes with home alarm systems are more 3 times less likely to have an attempted break-in than homes without a home alarm system. When someone tries to break into your home, the home alarm tells them they’ve been caught and to get out of the home quickly. Without a home alarm, the burglar can enter the home uninterrupted, without anyone being notified that someone is inside. Get a home security system, especially one with live two-way voice security. The lawn sign and window decals alone will act as a deterrent, where a burglar will move on to a different home as opposed to risking it by trying to break into yours.