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5 Simple Ways to Avoid Theft

These tips will keep you and your home safe

Even though you may live in a relatively safe area, you could still be at risk of theft. There have been many videos that have gone viral of package thieves who are constantly stealing valuable Amazon packages off of doorsteps. While you may be at risk for theft at your home, there are ways you can avoid this. By implementing these steps for avoiding theft, you will be able to feel much more secure about your personal items on your property.

Invest in a security system

Investing in a home security system is a great way for you to be able to greatly lower your chances of having a break in take place at your home. One of the biggest reasons that criminals choose certain houses to break into is due to the fact that they think it looks easy to get away with. If a criminal sees that you have a security system sign in your yard, they are much less likely to choose your house as a target. There are many affordable security systems that you can invest in. 

Keep your house lit at night and when you are away

One of the easiest times for someone to break into your home is at night. However, investing in some exterior lighting and keeping it on at night is going to greatly reduce your chances of having your home broken into. There are many lights that you can install on your own over the weekend that will greatly increase the security of your home. Also, you should keep at least one of your interior lights on in your home overnight to deter the overachievers from breaking into your home. If they feel like someone is awake, they won’t be likely to break into your home.

Have a house sitter stay at your home when you go on vacation

When you go on vacation, your house is at great risk for theft. However, hiring a house sitter is a great way to keep your home from being broken into. While you will have to spend extra money on a house sitter, you will find that the peace of mind that it gives you is priceless. If you don’t have a close family friend or neighbor who can help you watch your home, there are resources where you can hire qualified house sitters who have gone through a rigorous background check.

Become part of a neighborhood watch program

Neighborhood watch programs are a great way for neighbors to have each others’ backs. If there is any suspicious behavior going on in your neighborhood, a call will be made to the authorities quickly. If your neighborhood doesn’t already have a watch program, you can talk to everyone about setting one up. Having one of these in place will greatly help you to avoid theft and have a peace of mind that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to achieve.

Make sure your home is secured on a regular basis

While this may seem like a no brainer, keeping your windows and doors locked is something that is going to keep your home very safe. There have been many instances of home break-ins where there was no visible sign of forced entry. This is because they were able to just walk in and out through an unlocked door or window. Make sure that you are getting into the habit of locking your doors and windows on a regular basis. This will greatly help you lower the chances of having your home broken into.

Once you have followed these simple steps to avoid theft, you will be able to finally have the peace of mind you need in order to live a happy and productive life. While you will never be completely able to avoid the possibility of theft, there will be ways that you can better defend yourself and your items against the possibility of this. The more steps you take towards having a safe home, the less likely you will be to lose your valuable items.

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