As this day and age require every means we have to better our safety, we’d like now to offer you age-old methods to improve your domestic security. Note that these tips are not meant to replace a modern security and surveillance system. Nothing could replace that.
Here are some enhancements and home security tips for your home life’s advantage:
- The All Seeing Eye: research has constantly shown that people behave themselves much better when they feel they are being monitored. Regardless of the fact whether you already own a security system, it’s good to place eye symbols outside your door. Yes, a mere sticker above the door, around the hallway, will do.
- Spare key Placement: Never try and hide the key to your home around the entrance, hallway or garden. No matter how clever the spot you’ve picked, a savvy burglar can and will find it. Remember, if you will, that burglars are good at what they do. So then, in absence of other means of access control (which in itself is regrettable), or a trusted family relative nearby, we recommend a two-lock door, each of the keys to be given to a different neighbour.
- Lights & Music: Always leave a light on in one of your home's inner rooms (i.e that cannot be easily peeked into from the outside) and also, leave the radio on – it might help mask the fact you’re away and make it harder for a potential burglar to fathom if anyone’s home.
- Shy away the goods: Low-class burglars may be tempted to break into your home if they can see in from the outside and discern any sellable goods (i.e electronics, expensive art, candelabra, silverware etc.). In order to avoid this, go around the perimeter of your home, try and see if anything stands out and if so, move it or cover a specific window with drapes.
- Keys and Wallets: Many unfortunate instances could’ve been avoided if home dwellers didn’t leave keys, wallets, smart phones and other primary targets exposed. Forget about key-chain bowls in the hall and other communal places where we just put our stuff. Designate for every family member separate places to put their belongings, especially wallets and car keys. Many home intrusions occurred because the perpetrators could easily discern where the car keys were, for example.
These five tips are time and science-tested measures, but by no means could they replace more advanced means of security and control. Remember also that this isn’t an action movie, meaning to say – all you want is for the perpetrator to move on, to feel that your home is too risky, too uncertain in terms of cost-effectiveness. It’s the most you could do, the least you could do, in the absence of a full-on deterrent security system.