Are you looking for some techniques on how to make your home as safe as it can be? Have you put yourself in the shoes of a burglar when walking through your home? According to multiple media stories, burglars aren’t always the smartest villains. However, it doesn’t take the smartest villain to break into a home if you’ve overlooked some obvious entry points.

Most of the time, burglars will gain access to a dwelling because the front or back door was unlocked! In this post, we will address some of the main techniques on how to go about keeping you and your family safe from a burglar.

Lock Your Doors and Windows

Remember to always lock your doors and windows, even if you’re leaving for just a quick errand or a walk down the street with you dog. Lock all windows, even on the second story. Place a bar into the sliding door frame when you’re leaving. Check every entry point as if you were going to break into your own home! This includes closing the garage door. Valuable tools and even vehicles can be stolen from your garage in a matter of minutes.

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Locks should be changed when moving into a home or whenever a key is lost. This also goes for apartment units. If the landlord does not provide you a new set of keys and a different lock from the previous tenant, install one yourself or call a locksmith. Make sure the locksmith has the necessary licenses and is bonded and insured.

Get a Home Security System

Home security systems are a powerful way to prevent loss, gain peace-of-mind, and reap financial benefits. Burglars check for home security systems before attempting a break-in. Most thieves will stop in their tracks if they see any evidence of such a system. At Protect America, we provide an app to almost all of our customers that allows you to check in on your home from your smart phone. You can remotely arm or disarm your system, lock your doors and even check in on a video camera to see what’s going on in real-time! Just don’t forget to actually arm your system when you leave!

Plus some security systems have the added benefit of qualifying you for discounts with many home insurance providers. Home insurers recognize the protection and well-being only a home security system can provide. Check with your home insurance provider today to learn how you can start saving.

Make it Look Occupied

If you’re planning on going out of town or leaving for longer than usual, make your home look as if someone is there. This means having the mail stopped while you’re away instead of letting it pile up on your lawn or door-step for all to see. Have a neighbor collect any packages or perhaps park their car in your driveway for a day or two while you’re gone. You can also have you home phone forwarded to your cellphone, that way people will think that you’re home! Protect America can provide you with our handy appliance module, which will allow your lights to be on timers or remotely turned off and on through our SMART Connect app! The Z-Wave Appliance Module quickly transforms your home into a remotely controllable environment.

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Remember if you have a home security system, utilize the additional items that come with it! For example, placing a yard sign or a sticker on a window from your home security provider can do wonders for the safety of your home and family. If you don’t have a home security system, consider Protect America.

Why should safeguarding your home involve installation costs or equipment charges? We believe peace of mind is priceless, but it should be affordable nonetheless. No installation, equipment or activation fees. For as low as $19.99 a month, you can have your home professionally monitored 24/7 by experts! For more information about Protect America, check us out on Facebook or Twitter!