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5 New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 to Keep Your Home SafeJanuary 8, 2015

Each year, hundreds of thousands of homes across the country are burgled while their occupants are out at work, shopping or on vacation, which results in severe financial losses as well as damage to the properties in most cases. Here are five ways in which you can help ensure that everything you have worked so hard for over the years remains as safe as possible while your home is unoccupied.

1. Install an Alarm System

This is by far one of the best ways to protect your home, family and possessions while you are out running errands or on vacation. Alarms can be installed and set up in such a way that all areas of a home can be covered by sensors and closed-circuit cameras if required. When installing an alarm, it’s important to include the option of a fire detection system as well, so that the necessary emergency services can be notified immediately in the event of a fire starting.

2. Have Someone Collect your Mail

One of the easiest ways to determine whether there is activity at a property is to see how often if its mailbox is cleared out. If you know that you are going to be away for a while, have a friend or relative pop in to collect mail and take in other deliveries which may arrive during that time. In cases where no one is available to collect your mail, it is recommended that you advise your post office to withhold your deliveries until advised otherwise.

3. Keep your Garden and Home Neat

Would-be burglars look for homes that appear neglected, where lawns are longer than others in the immediate area and where bushes and shrubs are as high as the house itself or generally untrimmed. Before going on vacation, ensure that you cut your lawn, trim bushes and leave your yard looking neat. If you are going to be away for more than a few days, have lawn care services or someone you know pop in to work in the garden once a week.

4. Consider Adopting a Dog

A good home protection strategy is usually one that involves welcoming one or more dogs into your family. Once this has been done, it’s important to train your new furry family members to alert you when intruders approach your property and they should also be taught to not accept food or treats from random strangers. There are thousands of shelter dogs who will only be too willing to be a part of a loving family in exchange for helping ensure their safety.

5. Know your Neighbors

This is important, as it enables you to look out for one another at all times. If anyone new is lurking in the neighborhood, chances are that at least one neighbor will notice this and alert everyone else. As soon as a would-be intruder notices that new movements in the area are being closely observed; chances are that he or she will redirect their illicit activities elsewhere.

Keeping your home safe is a lot easier than you think. Incorporating the above mentioned strategies into your regular routine will help keep your home and possessions as safe as possible when you are not physically there to observe proceedings.

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