Check out these tips for living safely and securely in your own home, even in this new season of life.
Basic Home Protection
Home invasions have severe consequences. There are certain precautions you can take that will help keep you safe:
- Make sure all doors are locked when you are home. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, have a peephole installed in your front door. If you hear a knock at the door, first identify the person and then decide whether you want to be home for them or not.
- Always choose solid wood or metal for any door with outside access. The frame of the door needs to be strong, so either have the current frame reinforced or have a metal one installed.
- In high crime areas, windows need protection too. Place Plexiglas or security film on the inside to increase safety and make it more difficult for the glass to be broken.
- When you hear a knock at the door, bring your phone with you in case you quickly need to call for help.
- If you live in a house with a gate, always keep your gate locked. Those who want to enter know your phone number and will call. If you live in an apartment complex, don’t buzz in anyone you don’t know.
- Never leave the door key under the mat. Instead, give copies of the key to family members and a trustworthy neighbor.
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