Aside from CT home insurance, maintaining a secure home can be one of the best investments you can make. Security is essential to the safety of your valuable items, as well as for peace of mind for you and your family members. Here are some simple tasks that can help keep your home safe and secure year round.
Lower the odds of your house being burglarized
Research shows that if it usually takes less than a minute to break into a home. Burglars will not consider your home an easy target if they have to take a lot of time breaking in, or if they cannot break in without making a lot of excessive noise.
Most insurance providers suggest the use of dead-bolt locks, window grates, bars and smoke and fire alarms, as well as a burglar alarm. Most companies provide discounts for devices that make a home safer.
However, do not make the mistake of making your home such a fortress that you and your family will have a difficult time escaping in the event that a fire or other emergency arises. Remember, when improving the security of your home do not exchange security for personal safety.
How to make your home more burglar-resistant
- Trim any trees or shrubs near doors and windows since they can be an asset to a burglar
- Exterior lights and motion detectors, mounted high, out of easy reach, reduces darkness, which discourages burglars
- Simple security devices, such as padlocks, door and window locks, grates, bars and bolts can all increase the amount of time it takes to break into a home, and
- Installing a burglar alarm is one of the most effective devices you can buy to prevent your house being invaded when no one is home
Some simple and easy security measures
Rearrange your furnishings so that valuables (for example, paintings, a computer, flat screen television) are not so easy to see from outside the house. Doing so makes your home less inviting to criminals looking for an easy heist.
Even the most efficient lock, placed within a weak door, will not keep out a determined burglar. Outside doors should be metal or solid hardwood, and at least 1 3/4 inches thick.
Purchase key locks for windows, especially those on the sides and the rear of the house. Double-hung windows can be secured simply by “pinning” the upper and lower frames together with a nail (which can be removed from the inside). If you are ever the unfortunate victim of a burglary your CT home insurance will provide you with a means to replace many of those lost articles. Speak to an agent today.