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When You Think There's Nothing to Worry About
Sometimes we think we have everything under control, but that detail you leave out of the equation could be the key burglar's are looking for.
When it comes to protection, going with the lowest price can leave you vulnerable.
We all make mistakes; the key is to make them once or twice and learn from them.
If you keep making them, bad things happen—and home security mistakes are not ones you want to repeat.
Here are a dozen mistakes that you don’t want to make even the first time.
Common Mistakes in Securing Your Home
There are various situations that can potentially be dangerous. Make a list of the various accidents or events that could take place and put your family in danger.
Some of these can be:
- Cheap locks - It’s easy to walk into the hardware store and see all the shiny locks and look at the prices and see considerable differences. With locks, like anything else, you get what you pay for.
- Unlocked doors - What’s the point of having locks if you aren’t going to lock them? Burglars walk up to doors all day, ring the bell, get no answer, jiggle the doorknob and walk right in. And people are surprised their home was chosen.
- Hide a key - Burglars know they are in or under the flowerpot, under the mat, in the mailbox, in that stupid fake-looking rock and in/under/behind whatever else is on your porch.
- Ladders in yards - It’s a good thing I’m not a burglar, because I see ladders in yards every day. They boost a bad guy to the unlocked second-floor windows easily enough. Lock ’em up.
- Disabled alarms - You were smart enough to get the alarm, so be smart and activate it when you are home, sleeping and away—even for 10 minutes. Set it and forget it.
- Opened unlocked windows - Sure, you’re only going to the store and you’ll be right back…but the kid next door with his little crack problem knows your routine and as soon as you leave, your grandmother’s ring and your husband’s knife collection are his. Lock up.
- Unlocked garages - Just because the garage door is down and the side entrance is closed, doesn’t mean a burglar won’t just walk right in and through to a home that is attached. Lock up.
- Valuables in plain sight - Everyone in the neighborhood knows you just got a 70” LCD TV because it’s prominently displayed in your living room window. Put your shades down.
- Social media postings - When you let everyone know you are sipping a margarita in Cabo, you are also letting a burglar know you aren’t home. Be discreet.
- Revealing trash boxes - That Dell computer box, the Sharp TV box and the Xbox box in your garbage tell bad guys to come into your home to do their shopping. Hide those boxes in a trash bag.
- Dark house - When you are away and your mail and newspapers are piling up and your house looks abandoned, you make it easy for burglars to choose your house. Give it that lived-in look with timers, and have a trusted neighbor grab your stuff.
- Dark yard - Burglars like to creep around in the dark. Put your lights on timers from dusk to dawn.
Make emergency numbers available to everyone. Make sure your whole family is aware of these common mistakes. Get into the habit of locking everything all the time.
Why Secure Your Doors?
An intruder can be in your home in 10 seconds. More than 85% of all break-ins are through a door.
If you own a gun, will you have enough time to reach it? If you're not at home, will your family be safe?
Only Armor Concepts reinforces all of the weak points of your door - the jamb, the lock area and the hinges. If all of those points are not reinforced, your door is not secure.
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