SECURITY AT HOME
How much security is necessary in the home may depend on where a person lives. Rural people sometimes say that locks are only good for keeping friends out. People who live in high-crime areas do not subscribe to this adage. The suggestions for home security that follow are for women and older people to use according to their needs.
- Good locks will keep out the ordinary prowler, if not the accomplished housebreaker.
- When you move in a new apartment, replace the locks so those previous tenants will not have keys to your dwelling.
- Use your locks. Many women go next door for coffee and leave an unlocked house. It may be worth the little extra trouble to lock up and take a key even if one is going to be gone only a short time.
- Do not open the door until you know who is there. If there is no view of the door from a window, install a viewer in the door and always use it. Some people feel it advisable to install an intercom system as well.
- Do not allow strangers, men or women, in to use the phone for any reason. Make them wait outside a locked door while you telephone for them.
- Don not let anyone walk into the house on the pretext of helping with packages or anything else.
- Insist that service and deliverymen identify themselves. A commercial truck in the driveway does not mean a bona fide deliveryman is at the door.
- Keep a wedge under the door so it cannot be forced. Some persons have door chains for this purpose, but unless they are very strong and firmly installed, they may not hold against a firm shove.
- Be aware of women callers as well as men. Women sometimes work in collaboration with men for robbery or even assault.
DO NOT ADVERTISE THAT YOU ARE ALONE
- If you live alone put only your last name on the mailbox. Even initials can signal a one-woman resident. Leave your first name off your phone listing also.
- Keep draperies drawn at night. A woman seen walking about her house seemingly alone may attract unwanted attention.
- Have lights on in more than one room to give the appearance that several persons are home.
- Be careful talking to strangers who telephone. Do not let them know if you are alone.
- Do not allow little children to answer the door. They are quite likely to let anyone in.
- Keep your house and grounds well lit. Entryways and driveways should have lights on at night.
- Do not advertise the presence of expensive jewelry, antiques or expensive art objects in your house.
- A dog (or merely a sign "Beware of Dog") may help keep prowlers away.
ON RETURNING HOME
- Observe the house as you approach. Go to a neighbor and phone the police if there is strange vehicle in your driveway or if you sense something is wrong.
- Have your house key ready before leaving your car.
- Always plan to return to a well-lit house. Timers can be used to turn lights on at dusk if you do not want to leave lights burning all day.
ON THE TELEPHONE
- Do not tell "wrong number callers your name and phone number.
- Hang up on unpleasant, threatening or obscene phone calls. Report them to the police if such calls persist.
- Do not answer the phone with a name or number.
- Instruct children and babysitters in proper phone use. Teach them not to disclose any information about the family to unknown callers.
- Keep emergency numbers taped to the phone.
- Be aware of hazardous areas: basement laundries, storage rooms, and ill-lit alcoves.
- Be careful in elevators. If you do not like the look of someone getting on, step off right away. Stand near the button panel. If you are approached, push the emergency button for all floors.
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More Home Security Information
(most of the links in this artical are ads, however they contain good ideas).
Home security should be important to everyone whether you live in a house or an apartment.
Knowing your home is protected provides peace of mind both when you are away and when you are home. Security is important even if you have outstanding public safety agencies (police, fire, highway patrol, etc.) in your area. There are far more homes than there are police officers, not to mention a plethora of skilled thieves, so it's important for you to do everything possible to make your house secure rather than just relying on others.
When people think of protecting their homes, they often think of fancy expensive security systems with lots of bells and whistles. That is certainly an option, but there are measures you can take that won't break the bank, too. Also, depending on your home and neighborhood, you may not need the most expensive system.
Home security isn't just about your own home, either. A lot of determining whether or not you're a significant risk involves taking stock of your neighborhood including public safety facilities like police and fire stations. Though incidents can happen to anyone, some neighborhoods are certainly more at risk than others. Installing a burglar alarm can certainly help make you less of a target, but the best strategy may be to start a neighborhood watch.
Home security is also about you and your habits. If you have a large family where someone is almost always home, you may be less at risk than someone who lives alone and is frequently away on business trips. The value of your home and your possessions is also a factor, although thieves can also be tempted by less valuable items if they believe they will be easy to fence.
When you think of protecting your family and your belongings, you'll also want to think of personal safety and the protection of things that are important to you but might not necessarily be located in your home, such as your car. Motion-sensing lights and driveway alarms may deter thieves from breaking into your car when you are at home, but what about when you are at work? Or out on the town? Check out this site's article section to find information on car alarms and car theft prevention tips.
To keep your family safe, you should also include an accident prevention and fire safety plan. These types of dangers can put you and your family at risk as well as threatening to destroy your personal belongings. Forethought and preventative measures go a long way in this area.
Please browse around the site for more specifics on any of these topics. I am actually thinking of starting a blog on various cool security gadgets soon (a bit like HGTV's I Want That, except with toys related to this web site only), so check back soon if that's something that interests you. For more on housing trends and technology, you can also visit my new project: Home Improvement Ideas