Whether you live on your own or have a family under your roof, keeping your residence safe from outside intruders can be a challenge, especially in today’s high-tech age.
From burglars monitoring social media to see when people are away to identity theft criminals getting ahold of security information, keeping the outside world out is not always easy.
With that in mind, just how secure is your home residence?
Practice Safety in the Home
In order to improve the chances that your home and you/your family will not become crime statistics, review what you’re doing to keep intruders out, including using ADT for Texas homes if you reside in the Lone Star State.
While preventing an intruder from getting into your home can be tricky given how devious some criminals are, there are different methods you can deploy to lessen the chances of a break-in.
- Security – With the right security system in place, you put up one more barrier for a criminal to deal with. Always make sure you have the system working, whether you are out or in for the night. Some people can become a little lax and forget to turn the system on when they go to bed at night. While you may be getting some sleep, you can bet criminals are out and about, looking to prey on you when they think you and your home may be most vulnerable;
- Planning – Just about everyone likes to take a vacation now and then. While there is nothing wrong with getting away, don’t announce it to the entire world. Broadcasting ahead of time that you will be away or posting vacation pictures on Facebook or other social media while you’re away is like an open invitation to thieves. If you truly need to post the pictures and let the world know you are away, make sure you have a locked social media account (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) that only friends, family and those you trust can view;
- Promoting – Yes, it is cool to have collections in your homes, but don’t tell the world about them, especially on social media. Posting photos on Instagram, Facebook or other social networks of your prize and expensive collections is again an invitation to trouble. This is once again where knowing who can view your posts and shares is critical;
- Upkeep – Another telltale sign for criminals that you are away is leaving the property not kept up to date while you travel. Simple things like mowing the grass, making sure the newspaper and/or mail do not pile up etc. are tasks that you should give to a family member or neighbor who lives nearby. If your lawn is out of control or you have stuff piling up at your doorstep or in the mailbox, you’ve basically handed out an open invitation to someone to come burglarize your home while gone.