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Home Security

By Beth Drucker

It would be nice to be able to trust everyone and know that your house would be safe if you just left it unlocked for the day. Unfortunately, thieves and burglars ruin it for everyone, making security systems necessary.

The following are ways to protect your home:

  • Lock your doors and windows when you leave. That way nobody can slip in and out, snatching your jewelry, laptop, or important documents in the process.
  • Install a burglar alarm if you don't already have one. Make sure to turn it on when you leave your home. Try not to make the code anything obvious like 1234 or your house number. If someone tries to break in, he'll leave very soon, before the police arrive.
  • Keep important documents secured in a safe so that if someone does manage to break in, he won't be able to access your private information. If it's a small safe, secure it to a wall so that a burglar cannot grab it and run.
  • If you can afford it, install security cameras around the outside (and possibly the inside) of your house. That way if someone does come, you'll be able to identify him.
  • If you like pets, buy a dog that barks at strangers who visit the house. That way if a burglar comes, the dog will bark and he'll think twice about robbing you.
  • Keep the outside of your house maintained so that a thief will know someone lives there and will possibly confront him.
  • When you go on vacation, leave your lights on timers or install motion detecting lights so that it looks like people are inside, or so that a robber will be spooked into thinking someone is home. Also have someone collect your mail and newspaper so it's not too obvious that nobody is home.
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