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Home Security Tips for SAHM & WAHM to Stay Safe
There were over 1.4 million burglaries in the U.S. last year, according to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Reporting Program. As a stay-at-home mom or a work-at-home mom, you may assume you’re safe, but since most burglaries occur during the day, you could easily fall victim to these criminals, too.
Here are four tips to help secure your home and keep burglars at bay:
Get a Home Security System
A home security camera system can offer unrivaled peace of mind, providing tangible protection from intruders. Technology is key when it comes to a home security system, so make sure that you regularly update your system to ensure that you have the latest technology to protect your home.
Like with other home improvement investments, take a close look at the features and ease of installation to get the system that’s right for you.
Opt for a system that is equipped with numerous security cameras so that you can catch a criminal in the act to provide evidence to the police in the event of an issue.
Place the cameras around the exterior of your home at every entrance. Instead of hiding them, install the cameras in obvious spots so that they can easily be seen. Often this is enough to deter a criminal from trying to break into your home.
Arm Your Security System
It may sound like a no-brainer, but make sure to arm your home security system every time that you leave your home. After all, a home security system is useless if you don’t actually use it. Make a habit of arming your security system when you are at home, too.
This mode arms all door sensors, but doesn’t activate the motion sensors inside, so you can move about freely but still be alerted if someone tries to gain access to your home. It’s also a great way to make sure that your curious little ones don’t wander out of the house without you knowing.
Keep the House Locked 24/7
All door and windows should be locked at all times, whether you are at home or out and about. Make it a habit to lock the door behind you anytime you open or close it. Over 36 percent of burglaries in the U.S. in 2017 involved unlawful entry through an unlocked door or window, according to the FBI’s annual crime report.
If you have a garage attached to your home, be sure to keep the connecting door between your garage and your main living space locked at all times as well. Garage doors can be more sensitive to a security breach, leaving the door into your home all the more vulnerable of an entry point for a burglar.
Report Any Suspicious Characters
When you are at home all day, it is all too easy to get caught up in your own responsibilities and ignore what’s going on outside your front door. But it is critical to be aware of the happenings in your neighborhood so that you can report any suspicions to the police and stop criminals in the tracks.
For instance, if you see any questionable characters loitering around your neighborhood, don’t hesitate to call the non-emergency line of your local police department. They can send someone to patrol your area and check on the subject in question. Stay in the loop on neighborhood crime by joining your local block watch and on a website like Nextdoor.
By investing in high-tech security, arming your system regularly, keeping all doors and windows locked and remaining vigilant of suspicious neighborhood activity, you can stay safe and prevent your home from being burglarized.