Your home is your castle. It’s where you relax, have fun, and make memories with the people you love. So how do you go about ensuring the security of your residence?

Here are five tips for making your home safer:

Give the impression your home is occupied

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of home burglaries take place during the daytime when people are at work or school. Break-ins that occur at night are often the byproduct of a dark and clearly empty house. This is why we suggest using lights, timers, and TVs to give the impression that your home is occupied. It’s especially important to deter burglars in whatever way possible if you’re out and about for much of the day.

Use warning signs

Other than installing a home security system (which we’ll touch on in a bit), what would you say is the most obvious step you can take to improve the safety of your living area? Let’s start with the fact that burglars do not want to mess with dogs. That said, consider putting a “beware of dog” sign in your yard or a dog bowl by your side door, even if you don’t actually have a four-legged friend. 

Light it up

Burglars typically do not target homes that are well-lit. Now is a good time to put motion-sensing lights by your entrances and set your exterior lights on a timer. Light timers are also a sound investment for the inside of your home.

Be smart about vacations

Maybe you’ve been looking forward to an upcoming vacation for months. But before you hit the beach, double-check that your home will be safe while you’re away. Take a few minutes to put a temporary stop on your mail and arrange for a trustworthy neighbor to handle your garbage cans on trash day. The last thing you want is to give would-be burglars any inclination that you’re gone for an extended period of time.

One other thing worth mentioning here is to avoid posting your vacation photos until you’re back home. You never know — a friend of a friend could get the wrong idea about an empty residence. 

Be vigilant around your neighborhood

This is a big one. Whether you’ve lived in your current home for a year or a decade, it’s easy to get complacent when it comes to safety in your neighborhood. However, in order to ensure the safety of you and your family, you must be aware of your surroundings at all times. Take note of anyone or anything that may look suspicious and always err on the side of caution.

Invest In A Home Security System

Let’s revisit home security systems for the remainder of this post. If you’re looking to ramp up the security at your home or business, you need the right system in place. This is where the team at Safeway Lock and Key comes into play.

For years, our team has been installing top-of-the-line home security systems in Baltimore. Regardless of the size of your property, you can count on our team for the leading brands and manufacturers, all the while offering 24/7 surveillance capabilities.

Learn more about our locksmith services today!