Home Security Tips
Written by: Mirah Lucas
Thinking about home security might seem like common sense, but there are plenty of precautions to keep in mind. Here are few recommendations from us at Pop-A-Lock Jacksonville:
- Remove trees or branches that are close to your premises. This denies burglars access to upper levels.
- Windows, skylights, pet doors, patio doors, garage and carport access doors, upper level balcony doors and small bathroom windows are common forced entry points. Keep them locked when away and secured when at home.
- Don’t leave “hidden” keys in all the usual spots for thieves to find, such as under the mat, on a ledge, in a planter or on a door frame. Instead give a spare key to a trusted neighbor or hide a key on their property. If a prowler comes across the key they won’t know what it opens.
- Lighting can be used as cheap security. Always leave some lights on in your house at night, even when you are home.
- When going out, make sure your home looks occupied by leaving more than one light on.
- Close the drapes at night to hide the fact that no one is home. Drapes, curtains or blinds should fully cover windows.
- Always leave outside lights on at night. Thieves would rather work in the dark so no one can spot them, notify police, and identify them.
- Never place the packing materials from an expensive item on the curb for trash pickup. Instead, cut up the box and tie it with string, carefully hiding the product identification.
- When someone comes calling, don’t pretend you are not at home. Burglars want to find homes that are un-occupied so they can break-in. However, never open your door when you don’t know or trust the person(s) on the other side. Talk through the door or a nearby window. Chain locks are not strong enough, do not open the door! If you must have the door opened slightly, a floor mounted, retractable door wedge is an excellent security option.
- Never give out your personal information over the telephone to someone you don’t really know who you are speaking with. Often the caller will ask when they can contact you and then they have a better idea when you are going to be away.