Keep Your Property Secure
Who among us as property
owners hasnít been concerned with the rising rates of theft, vandalism, and
destruction of property. While we cannot avoid these unfortunate
circumstances, we can take measures to eliminate some of the opportunities.
Does your neighborhood have a
Neighborhood Watch Program set up? Organize one. Are you participating in
Operation ID? Get the info on it and take the steps necessary. Take a clue
from yours or your neighbors' "city living skills." Nosey neighbors make good
neighbors for your security and safety.
Seasonal cabins are a primary
target, therefore any measures you can take to make your property unattractive
to a would-be thief should be considered.
In the winter months keep
your drives plowed and walkways shoveled. A plowed
driveway is a good indicator that someone is either in residence or likely
to return soon. Should you not be in the area, there are numerous services
that are capable of taking care of many aspects of winter maintenance. These
include shoveling of walks, plowing of drives, surveying your property for
strange tracks, and checking the overall condition of your property.
Throughout the year, motion
detectors are an inexpensive and effective method of deterring a potential
thief at your property. There are several kinds, from outdoor yard lights to
interior lamp switches. Many are adjustable as to their sensitivity and can
be set to your liking. Timers can also be purchased inexpensively. Set to a
lamp, these devices can give the effect of someone being home.
Leave some drapes open. With
your lights on and drapes open a potential burglar may assume someone is
Talk to a friend or neighbor
about keeping an eye on your place. This can be beneficial in many ways, as
often windows can break, trees can go down and in general "things" happen.
Invest in some good dead
bolt locks. This simple measure is probably the most effective method of
securing our property.
Should you have sliding
doors, make sure a piece of wood cut to the right length is blocking the
door from opening. This should be done in conjunction with locking the door
are some of the simple and inexpensive things one can do to reduce your risks,
there are several sophisticated electronic home surveillance, detection
systems and services on the market. These can detect break-ins, fire, power
outages, temperature changes, and a host of functions.
While nothing can eliminate the possibility of a break in
or vandalism, by following some of these simple yet effective methods, you can
greatly reduce the chances.