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You can never be too careful. You may live in a neighborhood that is safe, but you will never know when a thief may pass by. It will never hurt to take precautions when securing your home. Even if your budget is tight, there are always ways to secure your home. Here are inexpensive and affordable ways you can protect your home from burglars.
Secure the entry ways
Your home's door and windows are the most obvious choice for burglars to enter. We always give special attention to your door locks, but do not forget to secure the whole installation. From the door itself, to the frame, and of course the lock, every part matters. Your door should be made of a solid material. The door frame should be sturdy enough to withstand kicks. And of course a good lock. A deadbolt is recommended. Keep the door area well lit.
Keep valuables away from view and from obvious areas
Avoid having expensive items viewable from outside your home. This is very inviting and tempting for burglars. From expensive paintings or ornaments, to high-tech electronics, these can all be targets. Cover windows with curtains or blinds to avoid peaking inside. Avoid keeping valuables like jewelry in the master's bedroom. This is the first area burglars will inspect and search.
Security System Signs
Of course, having a good security system installed in your home gives extra protection. However, if this is too expensive for you, install a home security sign in your yard. Make burglars think you have a security system in place. This helps trick and deter burglars from targeting your home.
Be a good neighbor
Being a good neighbor is more than lending them a cup of sugar. Neighborhood safety is the responsibility of everyone. If you notice something suspicious, report it. Help each other out by being each others watch. This greatly reduces the risk of being victimized of theft. Neighbors play a big role on this.
No hiding places
Ensure all areas around your home are well lit. Especially near your doors and windows. Avoid areas where people can easily hide in. Be mindful of your landscaping. The placement of trees, bushes, and shrubbery should not make hiding easy. You can also install motion sensors that will open lights when movement is detected.
There are many inexpensive and affordable ways to protect your home. Complete your protection by having the right homeowner's coverage. At Insurance services of the West, we do our best in making sure that our clients are well-protected with affordable and comprehensive policies. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact our agency at (425) 681-0996 or Click Here to request a free quote.