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Do-It-Yourself Home Security Check: 5 Essential Steps

August 11th, 2011 8:13 AM by Taydus Taydus

Do-It-Yourself Home Security Check: 5 Essential Steps

By: Joseph D'Agnese

Published: November 12, 2010

Conduct a do-it-yourself home security check by walking around your house to assess what needs to be done to reduce the risk of a break-in.

1. Keep your home well-maintained on the outside

Burglars want an easy target. Stand on the street outside your house and ask yourself: Does my property look neglected, hidden, or uninhabited? A front door or walkway that’s obscured by shrubbery offers crooks the perfect cover they need while they break a door or window. To improve security, trim shrubs away from windows and widen front walks.

2. Install motion detector lights

All sides of your house should be well-lit with motion-activated lighting, not just the front. Simple motion-activated floodlights cost less than $50 each, and installing them is an easy DIY job if the wiring is already in place.

3. Store your valuables

Thieves want easy-to-grab electronics, cash, jewelry, and other valuables, though some are not above running down the street with your flat-screen TV. Most make a beeline for the master bedroom, because that’s where you’re likely to hide spare cash, jewelry, even guns. ??Tour each room and ask yourself: is there anything here that I can move to a safe deposit box? Installing a home safe ($150 to $500) that’s bolted to your basement slab is a good repository for items you don’t use on a daily basis.

4. Secure your data

While you probably won’t be putting your home computer in a safe anytime soon, take steps to back up the personal information stored on it. Password protect your login screen, and always shut off your computer when not in use (you’ll save energy, too!) Don’t overlook irreplaceable items whose value may hard to quantify, like digital photos.

5. Prepare ahead of time in case the worst happens

  • Check that you’re properly insured for theft. Note that high-ticket items in your home office, such as computers, professional camera equipment, or other business essentials, may require an additional rider or a separate policy.

Joseph D’Agnese is a journalist and book author who has written numerous articles on home improvement. He lives in North Carolina.


Posted by Taydus Taydus on August 11th, 2011 8:13 AM

Above are 5 very simple suggestions for minimizing your chances of being robbed. A couple of other things that I would suggest would be: • Close your garage door (especially when you are not home) – don’t make it easy for someone to access your home through your garage, or ride away with your bicycle. Get the kids in the habit of closing the garage as well. • The article discusses sensor-lights however getting into the habit of turning on your porch lights, and any other security outdoor lighting at night. You want your home to look like someone is there. • Vacations: Have a family member, neighbor, or hire a trusted student to bring in your mail, newspaper, and turn on / off outdoor lights – especially if you are traveling around the holidays. Boulder is a college town – there are always students willing to house sit, and even take care of your pets! • Know your neighbors. At the very least have a way to contact them. They are your eyes and ears while you are away. If you are planning a trip, let them know that you will be gone and if you are expecting any deliveries, etc. Let someone know if you will not be home.
Posted by Terri Taydus on August 11th, 2011 8:17 AM


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