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6 simple tips for home security


It’s hard to put a price on the importance of keeping your home safe and secure. The good news is there are a lot of simple things you can do to help protect the people you love and the things you value. Here are some easy home security tips to help you stay safe, both when you are and aren’t home.


Time for a Timer

One of the simplest precautions you can take is to use an electrical timer when you know you’ll be away. You can pick up a relatively inexpensive timer in many places these days, including hardware stores such as Home Depot and some supermarkets. Hook up a lamp or two and set the timer to mimic your usual routines. You can also set a timer on your TV, so your home looks and sounds like someone’s in there. This simple action can be a big turn-off for a would-be intruder.


Borrow Your Neighbor’s Car

Well, not really. A good trick that won’t cost you anything is to ask your neighbors to park in your driveway while you’re not home. Even if it’s just for a weekend away, spotting a car in your driveway could be enough to make a crook think twice about breaking-in.


Who Left the Bins Out?

Leaving your trash bins out on the street when it’s not trash day can send a message that nobody is home. Similarly, having hand-delivered newspapers build-up on your lawn for days, or a mailbox overflowing with uncollected mail can also help make your home a target. Ask a neighbor to pick up your papers, collect your mail, and put away the trash cans.


Line of Sight

Don’t give burglars a place to hide by obscuring the view of your front door from the street. This might mean trimming or relocating any trees and shrubs that block the view. Remember, having a clean line of sight also makes it easier for you to keep an eye on what’s going on outside.


Someone Else’s Shoes

Here’s an alternative to the tried and tested ‘Beware of the dog’ sign. Invest in some Size 13 boots and leave them in a visible place near the front door. If an intruder senses there could be a big resident in the household, it may be enough for them to give your house a wide berth.


Keep Your Garage Closed

It’s amazing to see how often people secure the doors and windows of their home but leave the garage door wide open, inviting intruders in with little deterrence. If you’re in your home or backyard, it’s a good idea to keep your garage securely closed for added safety.


Implementing a few of these home security tips can really make the difference in deterring possible intruders from attempting a break in at your house. If you are looking for extra security and peace of mind, one of the best steps you can take to secure your home is with Crimsafe, by Progressive Security Screens. Check out our full range of security doors and security windows at www.progressivesecurityscreens.com


Progressive Security Screens is a licensed manufacturer and retailer of Crimsafe stainless steel security screens for San Diego and Los Angeles.


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