Watching the classic holiday film Home Alone last week reminded me that it’s that time of year again to take stock of our home security measures. But some people, myself included, don’t really even know where to start when it comes home security and safety.
Here is a list of ideas to get you started. Of course you’re not going to get it all done in one weekend, it might be something you pick away at during the course of the year.
• Security Lights – This is a relatively quick and easy place to start. Installing automatic sensor lights on the exterior of your home deters thieves before they even get to the front door.
• Deadbolt Locks – Another easy one that will make it harder for thieves to get into your house. They’d rather go on to the next home than take too long messing with your front door. NOTE: If you keep a hide-a-key outside, consider locking it up with the digital key safe box by GE Security or another type of locking key box. This one is wonderful for large families; it even records the last nine times it was accessed, great for keeping track of mischievous teenagers.
• Timed Lights – When you are out of town, or if you typically get home after dark, simply putting a few lamps on an inexpensive timer will do wonders to make the home look like it is occupied.
• Safes – Keep your important documents safe in a locking box. Bonus – look for one that is fire proof and weather proof to ensure safe keeping even during a disaster.
• Safety Tools – Check all areas of the home for potential hazards, be it falling, fire, or electricity. You will feel better knowing your home is a safe place for you and your visitors.
• Emergency Kit – Check with the Red Cross or FEMA to get a list of what you should pack in a disaster preparedness kit. It’s well worth the time!
Here’s to a safe and prosperous 2012!