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Your Home is Your Castle…Literally

Your Home is Your Castle…Literally

Home is where the heart is. It’s a cliché, but that doesn’t keep it from being true. And when you’re talking about your physical home, your heart doesn’t just mean the heart that beats in your chest. It can also mean your family and, if we’re being totally honest, your stuff. Your home is your castle, sometimes literally, and that means treating it like un-breachable kingdom. It’s natural to want your home and the people and possessions within it to be as safe as possible. Here is how to do that:

Home Security System

Obviously the first thing to do is to invest in a solid home security system. You can find a wide selection of them at the home security superstore. Although some people are not looking to spend the extra money on buying a system and then paying to have it installed, that is okay. There are plenty DIY systems on the market that you can purchase and install as well. Installing a home security system can be a great way to learn all the features and put more emphasis on areas of the home yourself, however, DIYers should remember that installing a complex electronic system yourself will increase the chance of installation errors.

Insurance

There are different types of insurance for your home. Obviously, if you own your home you are going to be required to purchase homeowner’s insurance. Many banks will not allow you to take out a mortgage without purchasing a plan. There are also a number of plans that you can purchase when you are a renter. In fact, most rental companies are now requiring that their residents purchase at least a minimum level of renter’s insurance. If you want to save some money, try to bundle your renter’s insurance or homeowner’s insurance with your car insurance policy. Most providers offer discounts for this type of thing.

Basic Common Sense

Obviously you have to do a few things yourself. You can’t rely upon insurance or security systems to 100% ensure your safety. Keep your doors and windows locked, even if you are at home, just because your are inside the house does not mean someone will not come inside uninvited. Other small steps can make all the difference too. For example, motion sensitive lights over an entrance or anywhere around the house can be a big deterrent to a would be burglar. Other small things like keeping the blinds closed or a few lights on when you are not home can also be a difference maker. Like the section is called, all these things are just common sense and will never increase your chances of an intruder.

The Importance of Neighbors

Make sure you know your neighbors and that your neighbors know you. This makes it easier for everybody to tell when there is somebody who doesn’t belong is around. Keep each other apprised of who is supposed to be coming and going (house guests, parties, etc). Watch out for each other. It is true that you cannot have eyes on your home at all times, but everyone can have eyes on the neighborhood. Taking things like the neighborhood watch seriously can make all the difference in creating a safe community.

There are lots of things you can do to keep your home as safe as possible and most of them can be taken care of relatively inexpensively (or completely free)!