Home security checklist during Springtime

The Ultimate Home Security Checklist During Spring Time

Home security checklist: After a long, cold winter spent indoors, springtime brings warm weather and sunshine.

It’s also the perfect time to get outdoors and clean your yard, do some gardening, and fix anything outside that needs doing.

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So don’t forget to check your home security system to make sure it’s working as it should. This should be at the top of your chore list. Spring is typically known as one of the peak times for break-ins and robberies.

Don’t let yourself become a statistic. Protect your home, your valuables and your family by making sure your system is secure and working properly. Here are some tips for doing just that.

Tip #1: Test Your Entire System

This should be one of the first things you do this spring. Check your manual for instructions on how to test your home security system.

Typically, it can be done right from your control panel. Be sure to follow all of the instructions – if you have a monitoring system, you don’t want to set off any false alarms.

If the testing is successful, you’re good to go; if not, you may have to contact the company for further direction.

Don’t skip this step, as it’s vitally important to make sure everything is working as it should.

Tip #2: Trim Your Bushes

This is a regular springtime activity, but trimming your bushes gives burglars less ‘hiding’ space and it’s important for home security purposes.

If you want to put in security bushes, plant thorny ones around your windows; this gives burglars less incentive to enter your home through the windows.

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Rose bushes are perfect for this purpose.

Tip #3: Check Your Windows

During the cold winter months, your window frames and locks may have become compromised. The frames could become warped, making it easier for burglars to bypass the locks.

Check all of your windows to make sure they can still be locked securely, and that there are no gaps in between the frame and the window.

Your home security system won’t do you much good if all of your windows can be opened easily.

Tip #4: Check Your Garage

This is one of the more common ways that burglars can enter your home, and the garage should be checked regularly to make sure it’s secure.

Make sure that the door can’t be pried open from the bottom, and that it is still secure.

If you have a door that gains entry into your home, be sure it has a deadbolt lock.

Your home security setup should include your garage into the overall alarm system.

Tip: #5: Test Your Outside Lights

Make sure that your lights haven’t been damaged or shattered over the winter months.

Test your outdoor and security lights to make sure they all work. Replace any that are damaged or old.

If they are motion sensor lights, test them to make sure they come on when they are supposed to.

Your home security system is comprised of several components; don’t forget that lights are one of the most important components.

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I hope that you find this home security checklist helpful. If you have additional tips to add in this checklist, please do not hesitate to drop a line at the comment box below. Thanks!

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Home safety for apartment owners

Home safety tips for apartment owners

If you live in a city apartment, you’ll already be familiar with the idea that you have a different set of home safety precautions and procedures to worry about.

Although living in an apartment complex does offer some home safety advantages from those who have their own homes, these advantages alone don’t make you immune to the threat of a home invasion.

Just as in the case of the homeowner, there’s some things you can and should do in order to ensure that your home safety systems are kept in top shape and that your own personal home safety is on total lock down.

What are a few things you as an apartment owner can do in order to make sure that your home is as safe as can possibly be?

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Again, all best home security camera systems start with doors!

1. Lock Doors – This should be as obvious as anything, but make sure that you lock your doors! As FBI statistics show, most home invasions occur as a result of a criminal walking right through an open front door. Double check every time you leave the apartment that the door is locked securely. Especially since those that live in an apartment have doors so close to one another, it isn’t hard to imagine a burglar waltzing down the halls and tugging on each door handle in order to check if it’s been locked up or not.

2. Get All Keys and Change Locks – If you’re newly moving into a new apartment, ask the former owners if they would be willing to turn over their keys to the apartment for you. Whether or not they do so, I would still advise making sure that the locks to the apartment are changed anyway.

If your landlord or property manager refuses to pay for it themselves, you should still take it upon yourself to change the locks. For your own peace of mind, having the locks changed will ensure that you and whoever lives there are the only ones with with access to the door.

3. Be a Friendly Neighbor – When living in close proximity to others, the issue of having to get along with those around you will inevitably arise. For some this is easy, while those with more unreasonable neighbors might find it quite a hassle. In any case, try to make a priority of at least getting along with and being somewhat close with your neighbors immediately around you.

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Not only will this benefit you by having an air of mutual respect between your neighbors, hopefully leading to an easier day to day life for yourself, but you can count on your home safey being better off. If everyone around you keeps an eye out for each other and makes sure that no one suspicious is hanging around where they shouldn’t be, everyone can benefit from increased peace of mind.

4. Wireless Security Camera System – Having some sort of wireless home security systems is essential to truly having a secure life in your apartment.

Even if you don’t want to have a full fledged security camera system which includes alarms and all the other bells and whistles available out there, a simple set of wireless security cameras can be set up (or even a single one) for a very low cost.

Setting up just one of these IP camera or spy camera right in the entrance of your apartment is probably going to be more than you would even need, as there’s typically only one entry way into an apartment aside from a couple of windows, which of course should remain locked any time you aren’t at home or in that room.

Take heed of these simple home security tips for apartments and you should be well on your way to full peace of mind. Even though living in an apartment might be pretty different than an actual home, most of the same basic home safety tips still apply.

Keep doors locked, be a good neighbor, and set up some wireless home security cameras in order to ensure that your home is secure, and you shouldn’t have any issues!

You live in an apartment and have more ideas to add? Please kindly do so by leaving comments in the box below.

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