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Your home is your sanctuary, where you should feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, crimes can happen even in the most seemingly safe neighborhoods. That’s why it’s essential to take some precautions to keep your home as safe as possible. This blog post will list tips that can help you do that.

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Invest in a firearm

Some homeowners choose to invest in a firearm for self-defense. If you decide to go this route, take some safety precautions:

  1. Always keep the gun unloaded and locked when it’s not in use.
  2. Receive formal training on using the weapon before keeping it in your home. Also, ensure that children in your home know the gun and how to stay safe around it.
  3. You should know how to handle the weapon properly or which type of firearm will suit your needs.

You might opt for an air gun that is not lethal or a small caliber handgun that can be easily concealed. In this case, to find suitable air guns and parts, you have to exert the effort to research your options. This means looking into various sources that can provide helpful information.

Own a dog

Another great way to deter criminals from targeting your home is to own a dog. Dogs can make great loyal protectors, and most burglars will think twice before attempting to break into a house with a dog. You could also consider getting a dog that you can keep outside. This way, the dog can serve as an early warning system if someone tries to break into your home. However, the breed of the dog you opt for can make a difference. Some dogs, like Chihuahuas, are known for being yappy and will bark at anything. While this might not deter a professional burglar, it will alert you to someone’s presence. Other dogs, like German Shepherds, are bred for their protective instincts and will be more likely to scare off a potential intruder.

Install a security system

Installing a home security system is another excellent way to deter criminals. A security system can give you peace of mind knowing that your home is being monitored even when you’re not there. Many different types of security systems are available on the market, so consider the cost of installation and monthly monitoring fees when making your decision. For instance, if you opt for a system that requires professional installation, the up-front cost will be higher. However, some systems come with do-it-yourself installation kits that can save money. Otherwise, you can also find discounts on home security systems if you bundle them with other services, like your homeowner’s insurance.

  • Consider getting an alarm permit

If your city or town offers alarm permits, it’s worth getting one. Alarm permits typically require that you have a working home security system in place. In exchange for having the alarm permit, you might be eligible for a discount on your homeowner’s insurance. Check with your insurance company to see if this is something that they offer.

Keep your home well-lit

One simple way to deter criminals is to keep your home well-lit. Burglars prefer to operate under cover of darkness, so keeping your home illuminated makes it more difficult for them to break in. You can use outdoor lights with motion sensors to light up your yard and deter would-be intruders. You can also keep your porch light on at night or install solar lights along your walkway. Inside your home, make sure to keep a light on in each room that you’re using. You can also consider leaving a light on in a space to make it appear like someone is home.

  • Use motion sensor lights

Installing motion sensor lights around your home is another excellent way of deterring criminals. These lights will come on automatically when someone approaches your home, which can help to scare off potential intruders. Motion sensor lights are also a great way to save on your energy bill since they will only come on when needed. You can find motion sensor lights at most home improvement stores.

Lock your doors and windows

This might seem like an obvious tip, but it’s often overlooked. Always lock all your doors and windows, even if you’re just stepping out for a quick errand. Many burglars will take advantage of an unlocked door or window to quickly break into a home. If you have a home security system, you can also set it to notify you if a door or window is opened while you’re away. In addition to locking your doors, you should also install deadbolts on all of your exterior doors. Deadbolts are much more challenging to pick than regular locks, so they can provide an extra level of security for your home.

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These are just some of the many ways to keep your home safe from burglars. By taking these precautions, you can help to deter criminals and give yourself peace of mind. Rest assured that with some simple steps, you can make your home a much less inviting target for criminals.

Published by HOLR Magazine.