Chances are that you had to work really hard to be able to afford your house, your car and basically everything you own.
If that’s the case, it’s no wonder that you want to do all in your power to make sure that all of those belongings are safe and secure, insured against any potential harm.
Home invasions and burglaries, as well as equipment and car theft, are very common, so you should definitely learn more about the ways you can secure your property, as well as your belongings.
If you’re not sure how you can do that or where you should start, please check out the following tips.
Make sure that your windows and doors are locked
Even though this may sound a bit paranoid, you need to make sure that your windows are secure, and doors locked at all times.
Burglaries usually last under 10 minutes, as perps most commonly grab the first thing they can find, instead of casually browsing your home for the best possible find.
What this means is that a burglar can enter your home and steal some of your belongings while you are, for example, upstairs taking a shower.
Install a Sturdy Fence
While you might not find the idea of enclosing your yard too appealing, you need to realize that a sturdy fence is your first shield against theft.
Home invaders are usually easily discouraged by obstacles, so the more obstacles you have, the lesser the chances of a home invasion.
Get a Dog
While some may argue that using a dog as a home security system – so to say – is cruel or inhumane, do know that according to former burglars, they are one of the best deterrents out there.
Besides, you don’t have to keep the dog outside. Keep it indoors, but make sure it has a mighty bark – it doesn’t even have to be particularly big either.
Secure your Vehicle
Next, if you have a garage, keep your car inside whenever you’re not using it. Also, make sure that the garage door is sturdy and reliable.
However, if you don’t have a garage – and even if you do – find a suitable car insurance policy to make sure that, even if something happens to go wrong, you will be compensated for the damage.
Make sure that your home is never empty
Since, according to the statistics, most burglaries happen between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. – or during the time most people are at work – you could benefit a lot from making sure that your home is never empty.
And no, we’re not suggesting that you hire a guard to sit in your empty house while you’re away, but we are rather encouraging you to give getting a dog another thought.
While you can’t exactly prevent someone to enter your home, you can at least make their job more difficult. As already mentioned, burglars try to avoid wasting time as much as possible, because the longer they spend inside the house they’ve broken into, the greater the chances of someone noticing them and calling the police.
Therefore, make sure that all of your valuable belongings – such as jewelry, cash and other similar belongings – are stashed away somewhere safe and not lying in plain sight.
Invest in a Smart Lock
Instead of keeping a spare key under your doormat in case you lose your own, you should invest in a smart lock that can be controlled via your phone.
And yes, while there is still a chance of you losing your phone, it’s much slimmer than a chance of you losing your keys.
Besides, if you have any sort of smart defense system on your phone – face recognition, fingerprint recognition or a pin-required password protection – chances are that even if someone happens to find it, they won’t be able to do much with it.
Take precautionary steps when going on a vacation
Vacations and holiday trips are the time when the majority of home invasions happen. The reason behind this is the fact that that’s the time when the majority of homes are left completely unsupervised for a few days, or even weeks.
So, in order not to make your home an easy target during this time, ask your neighbors to visit and collect the mail every other day, and even implement a smart lighting system you can control via your phone to make your home look occupied.
As you can see, if you take the necessary safety steps and do everything in your power to reduce the chances of your house being broken into, odds are that it will never happen.
Additionally, insure your property and your home and don’t ever feel sorry for the money invested, as having an insurance in case something happens to go wrong means more than you can imagine.