By Donna Fowler
Winter’s shorter days and likelihood of fewer people outside bring increased opportunities for crime.
During the winter months, it’s often dark before homeowners return home from work, so the opportunity for criminal mischief increases. Here are a few tips for protecting your home.
- Always lock your doors and windows. Putting a rod in the track of sliding windows and doors will make your home even more secure.
- Use time-switch lights. If you routinely return home after dark, these affordable devices will provide an extra measure of safety.
- Draw curtains and drapes so that your home’s interior is out of view.
- Don’t hide keys. It’s better to leave a spare key with a trusted neighbor as your house may be under surveillance. Make sure everybody has their own key and never lends it out.
- Keep your entryways well lit. Flood lights are a great crime deterrent.
- Trim your shrubs so no one can hide in the shadows.
- Regularly change the entry password to any doors or the garage.
- Use a safe. Insurance companies often offer discounts to homeowners who store their valuables in safes.
- Keep rarely-worn valuable jewelry in a safe deposit box.
- Consider adding a security alarm system. Today’s systems include all the features that criminals hate: light, noise and video devices. They can also alert residents to fires or high carbon monoxide levels or gas in the air. Insurance companies make allowances for homes with modern security systems.