It can generally go without saying that people want to keep their homes safe. After all, your home has everything that you own in it, including valuable objects and things with sentimental value. Most people take the appropriate measures to ensure that their homes are safe places to be when they are at work. However, as situations change, you may find that you need to make some changes as well. For example, when the majority of the world is under lockdown due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, there are going to be many more people with free time on their hands.
If you live in an area that is prone to home burglaries, then you might want to take the extra steps necessary to protect your home. Thankfully, keeping your home secure is not complicated at all and there are several different ways that you can go about doing it.
Make Sure That All Potential Entry Points Are Locked
The easiest way to make sure that your home won’t be a prime subject for burglars is to ensure that all possible places to enter from are closed and locked. This is important to do both when you are away from home and when you are stuck inside because of the lockdown. You will want to make sure that each and every window in your home is not only locked but that it remains closed if you can stand it. This will greatly reduce the chances that a potential burglar comes into your house through the windows. If you have doors that are not automatically locked through a key card system, then you will want to manually lock all of the doors in your house when you do not plan on going out any time soon. It is important that you make sure to get in this habit when you are home all day or when you are going outside.
Keep Any and All Valuables Out of Direct Sight
One thing that burglars look for when they are scouting homes out are valuables that are left out in plain sight. Chances are, a value that a burglar can spot from your window will be something that’s easy enough to get. By choosing to keep all of your valuables out of direct sight from windows and doors, you can make sure that you keep your home as safe as possible. Valuables will generally include wallets, keys, jewellery, and anything that can be sold at a high price. If you have something that is both sentimental and valuable, you may want to consider putting it up high on a shelf that is out of sight from your windows so that you can still look at it, but burglars may not see it when they pass by your home. Doing this can go a long way in keeping your home safe and sound.
Invest in a Security System
If you really want to ensure that your home is as safe as possible while you are there, you can consider making an investment into one of the many home security systems on the market. There are security systems that are as simple as motion-activated lights to deter burglars from entering your home at night to complex CCTV systems that are akin to what is used in office buildings and jewellery stores. Chances are that you will be able to find a security system that fits within your budget and suits your needs for keeping your home safe. While this might be the most expensive way to keep yourself safe, it is one of the most effective.
Don’t Share Your Location Online
As much as people enjoy sharing their location and their photos from their backyards, if you want to make sure that you do not become a target for burglars, then you may want to hold off on doing this. For people who are staking out a person and a house to steal from, seeing these types of posts can be inviting. After all, when burglars notice that you are posting about being outside, this practically tells the burglars that you aren’t home and that your home isn’t as well protected anymore. If you do want to talk about adventures you made outside, you should consider waiting to share them until you come home.
Change Your Routines
People are creatures of habit. Everyone has their habits, routines, and order that they enjoy doing things in. Burglars prey on this and expect it. When they prepare to burgle a house, they study the victim’s routine closely to ensure that they strike when the house is as open as possible and when they have the most time. If you are worried about burglars watching you and your house, you should consider changing your routine every so often, especially during lockdown when everything begins feeling the same. Even varying your daily schedule slightly can make all of the difference.
In the end, there are many ways that you can keep your home safe during the Covid-19 lockdown. You can make sure that your house doesn’t seem more appealing to burglars by keeping windows and doors locked and valuables out of sight. You can keep burglars wondering about your routines by changing the routine regularly and not sharing your location online. Finally, in addition to everything else, you can invest in a security system to be your second eyes and ears.