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Home Security Tips By Sarah Clark
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

The National Crime Prevention Council provides tips to those who are interested in making their homes more secure. Here's what you can do to prevent becoming a victim of a home burglary.

Install Deadbolt Locks

You can begin improving your home security by looking at the types of locks on your door. At a minimum, you should have deadbolt locks on all outside doors. You can buy these at a hardware store or have a professional install them for you.

Secure Windows

The second tip from the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) recommends that you make sure all windows have secure locks. The NCPC advises against relying on thumb turn locks to keep you safe--instead, consider installing key locking devices on your windows and make sure everyone living in the house has a key. Some communities have restrictions on these types of locks, so you'll need to check with local law enforcement officials to find out if they are permitted in your area. If they are not, ask officials what security measures they recommend to keep your windows secure against intruders.

Use Light Liberally

Light can also be used to effectively ward off would-be burglars. Install motion-sensitive lighting around the outside of your home, especially if you live in an isolated or dark area. Make sure walkways and areas near entrances are well lighted.

Share Vacation Plans with Discretion

Another NCPC tip suggests that if you plan to be away from home for an extended period, have someone house sit for you. If no one is available, ask a neighbor to collect your mail and keep and eye on your home. Make sure you don't mention to acquaintances, such as your lawn-moving service or plumber, that you will be away from home. And definitely don't announce your absence on an answering machine message.

Install a Home Security System

The NCPC also recommends home security systems to ensure your home is protected against burglaries. Home security systems provide more security in two ways. First, motion-sensor technology engages the alarm whenever a door or window is opened. Second, once the alarm sounds a monitoring agency will alert the authorities if you are indeed experiencing an emergency and not a false alarm. While home security systems are more expensive than steps you can take on your own, such as those recommended above, they do provide significantly greater protection against threats to your safety from intruders.

If you do decide to purchase a home security system, the NCPC recommends choosing a company that is reputable and well established. Check references before signing any contracts.

By following these home security tips from the NCPC, you'll be a few steps closer to feeling safer at home.


About the Author
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Virginia.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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