Guest post by Karen C
Most of you are familiar with the Scout motto: Be Prepared.
That’s exactly the way you need to be, especially in this particularly turbulent time in our nation. You can never be too careful and if you have a home and a family, then you owe it both to them and yourself to make the home as safe and secure as possible.
Break-ins are at an all-time high and as our country’s economy continues its downward trend, the divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots” is only widening. Don’t wait for life to strike. Get proactive and start finding new ways to bring peace of mind to you and yours.
Listed below are just a few ways you can secure your home in anticipation for the worst.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with becoming familiar with a firearm in order to protect yourself and your family. That being said, you should make absolutely certain you are ready for the responsibility and know everything from the proper handling to the proper storage.
Guns get a lot of flak for being dangerous and rightly so. Guns are not toys and they are not tools you wield for the purpose of intimidation. If you are going to bring a gun into your home for defense purposes, then you have an obligation to understand the risks, understand how it works and do everything possible to minimize an accident.
Don’t Forget Fido
Ever since the dawn of man, dogs have traveled with us side-by-side into the world as we know it today. Dogs possess keen hearing and smell, and can often detect things much better than you or I. A focused dog can often hear the approaching footsteps or a vehicle engine and give you enough warning to act.
Typical guard dog breeds include German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and even Huskies. Just make sure that you’re guard dog knows the difference between a guest and an intruder when the time comes. It’s advisable to at least coordinate with a professional trainer to avoid incident.
Believe it or not, a lot of break-ins actually happen through the front door. Any determined intruder can make short work of an old, wooden door so it might be a good idea to invest in a sturdy, slab model. These are relatively inexpensive and much more robust.
Another relatively inexpensive thing you can do outside of the home is install some decent exterior lighting. Lots of hardware stores offer the kind with motion-detecting sensors that can cast a light on any intruder – man or beast.
Discourage Window Shopping
If you have curtains or drapes hung around the windows, it would be prudent to close them when it gets dark. This is not a 100% crime-stopping strategy, but by minimizing what outsiders can see in your home, you are minimizing any incentive for them to let themselves in.
Again, it’s not a guarantee, but it has been known to help. You might also want to look at replacing any windows in your home that are a couple years old. Anti-theft locks can weaken with age and you don’t want to make it any easier for the criminal element.
Invest in a System
There are plenty of home security sites and services on the market like http://www.securitychoice.com/, which offer some of the most sophisticated monitoring equipment around. Some services even provide you with 24/7 monitoring adding an extra layer of protection and, in some cases, the mere presence of a system is enough to turn intruders away.
And those are really just a few ways you can secure the home. So, really, take some time and try to see just how secure your home actually is. If you see areas that need improvement, do whatever is necessary. You and your family deserve some peace of mind and securing the home can help you prepare for the worst.