1) Deadbolt locks for all exterior doors.
2) For sliding glass doors – insert a pole or pipe in the track.
3) Locks: Keep doors and windows locked at all times.
4) Timers – Put interior lights on timers so you never come home to a dark house.
5) Motion Detectors: Install motion detectors on outside lights.
6) Watch that garage doors and driveway gates close completely.
7) Trim or remove shrubs near entranceways: these make excellent hiding places.
8) Protect Yourself: Place an object near your front and back doors that could be used a weapon in an emergency, such as: a large vase, an umbrellas, a baseball bat, or golf club.
9) Know the drill: Have an emergency escape plan designed for every single room in the house. Make sure your entire family is familiar with it, and run a drill every 6 months.
10) Beware of Dogs: consider placing a large dog bowl and leash on your back porch, and hanging a visible “Beware of Dog” sign on your fence or near the front of your home.
11) Sleep with a phone on and within arms reach of your bed, even if you put it on silent.
12) Pay attention to your surroundings as you enter your home and immediately close then lock your door.
Number 11 is extremely important in my opinion. I remember in our old house having someone try to break in on a February night at around 3 a.m. Multiple men ran up and down my street, which was on a main bus route and they kicked several front doors. We had a phone near our bed. Also one afternoon before we had kids I was painting the nursery when a group of kids tried to break in. The house at that time looked like there was nobody home. (I learned then to yell out the window – “I called 911.”) Hopefully you never have cause to call the police like I have. Knowing these tips may help prevent incidents this holiday season.
FOR DISCUSSION: Have you ever been the victim of a crime?
This is not a sponsored post. I did not receive compensation. I published this because I thought my readers could use the safety tips this season.