How safe and secure is your home? That is something each and every person should be aware of at all times because statistics will vary from region to region and from year to year.
While it is possible to get national averages on such things as property crimes and burglary, it is also important to know that statistics will vary from region to region.
There is a general downward trend in home burglaries, but much of that is due to better home security measures that utilize technology which is advancing by the day.
If you feel you are noticing a greater number of home invasions or burglaries in your region, you can probably verify that on the FBI website.
However, statistics will vary from town to town within your region and so it’s up to you to understand how to keep your home safe in 2019. The following is some of what you need to know.
Begin with a Safety and Security Checklist
Even though crime seems to be decreasing in most areas, that can change at the drop of a dime. Even if you live in a walled community with on-site security guards, it doesn’t mean you will not be the victim of crime.
It doesn’t matter where you live, it’s important to know exactly what kinds of criminal activity to guard against and then how to protect yourself from being victimized.
Make a checklist of all the weak spots you feel could be improved.
For example, if there have been a number of burglaries in your neighborhood where the robbers pull up to the door while the occupants are out for the evening, then you’ll want to find a way to keep them from bringing a vehicle to load with stolen goods up to your door.
Add this item to your checklist!
Advances in Home Security
Did you know there are security measures you can take to be notified when a car enters your driveway?
Even if you are away from home, there is an app that sounds the alarm and sends it to the police or even your mobile phone.
Thanks to technology, it is much more cost-effective than building a wall which can be breached anyway.
From CCTV systems to sensors that trigger an alarm when someone unexpected arrives on your property, you can now see and record just who it was, what they did and the amount of time spent on the grounds.
Working in conjunction with CCTV, that wireless driveway alarm can alert you to start watching the live feed from your system.
It’s amazing just how many ways there are to use technology to provide a safe home whether you are on your property or away.
The Correlation Between Safety and Security
This is a lesson which is often learned the hard way. As seen in evacuations during recent California wildfires, a lot of looting takes place after a fire.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to guard against the possibility of a wildfire, but you can do something to prevent fires in the home.
Always do a thorough home inspection at least once every six months to ensure there are no exposed or shorted-out wires and that any dangerous electrical appliances are left unplugged when unattended.
Statistically, overhead ceiling fans are the most common causes of home fires.
What does this have to do with security?
Remember, you can’t protect your home and belongings if you are not at home or at least linked to your home security through a connected device or security system.
Don’t lose everything you’ve worked so hard to acquire because you didn’t think safety and security were important enough to invest in.
Invest a little today to protect literally every tangible thing you possess.
A few dollars today may be all it takes to protect life and property tomorrow. That’s what you need to know in 2019.