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Protecting What's Important To You

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For most of us, all of life’s goals can boil down into a single basic concept: keeping the people we love safe and happy for as much of their lives as possible. Home security, in particular, is a key component of keeping everybody happy and safe. 

In this article, we’re going to talk about practical things you can do right now to increase your family’s safety and security while they are at home.

Lock Your Doors and Windows

Get into the habit of keeping your doors and windows locked even when you are at home. It’s a small measure, but it is one that will deter many home invaders (because, frankly, most home invaders wish to avoid detection and having to take time to pick a lock or making noise while breaking a window is going to get in the way of that plan).

If everybody is hanging out in the yard, it’s okay to keep one door unlocked so people can run in and out to use the restroom, grab a snack, etc. Just make sure the door you leave open is one that you can see clearly from wherever you are. 

And make sure that the blinds in the house are closed so that passersby won’t see what looks like an empty house!

Create a Safety Plan

It is vitally important to have a plan in place should there ever be a fire or if someone breaks into your home. It is also vitally important to understand that these plans aren’t going to have a lot in common.

For example, in the event of a fire, everybody’s primary goal is going to be to get outside as quickly and as safely as possible, while making sure to grab various important objects on the way, like a phone to call for help and any pets you might have.

In the event of a break-in, however, the shared primary goal is to stay out of the way. If someone breaks into your home the very best thing you can do is hide. And also to find a place to hide within whatever room you’re occupying when the break-in occurs. 

You don’t want people trying to run around the house looking for hiding spots or running outside. They might run across the intruder and make the situation much worse! 

Identify hiding places ahead of time for everybody in each room of the house as a practical safety measure. Practice getting into them. Practice keeping your phone nearby so that you can call someone for help.

Download Some Apps

If you’re hiding during a home invasion you aren’t going to want to attract attention. Trying to phone for help is going to make noise, no matter how hard you try to stay quiet. This is why it is important to have a few safety apps on your phone

The best are apps that will alert your local authorities with just the push of a couple of buttons. There is also an app that requires you to hold down a button and then, if you let go, will alert the authorities to the phone’s location if you don’t touch the button within a few seconds.

You can also download apps that connect with your security system so that, if something happens, you can tap into the security system to see exactly what is going on from wherever you are - even if you’re out of the house entirely. 

Speaking of which…

Install a Home Security System

At the very least, you want a system that will sound a screamingly loud alarm that people even a block away can hear. The loud alarm will likely scare off potential intruders, and will definitely pique neighbors’ curiosity. Thus increasing the chances of someone calling for help in the event your home is being invaded. 

In many cases, simply having the ADT protection sign in a window is enough to deter ne’er-do-wells.

Usually, though, you’ll want something more advanced. Security systems have come a long way over the last few years, especially since smart phones have become so prevalent. They also aren’t limited to invasion detection. 

One common trend in ADT home security for California homes, for example, is to include carbon monoxide and fire detection along with sensors for doors and windows. This way you don’t have to keep track of several monitoring systems at once. One system monitors all potential threats and alerts you accordingly.

These are just three things that you can do right now to make your home more safe. For a thorough safety audit, contact your local law enforcement agency. They’ll send a pro out to do a walk-through and help you identify the things that you can change to make your home as safe as possible.

This post was contributed by Jenna B

Cozy Little House
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  1. all good tips. we got the new adt system/windows and doors,, when we moved here- security,, fire/smoke/cm. it makes me feel more secure and of course the 38 with hollow point bullets helps too.. so yea , I'll hide if someone breaks in but it would be to their benefit NOT to find me.. as Clint Eastwood famously said in his movie Dirty Harry.." its unlikely they broke in to take up a collection for the salvation army" ~!


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